Introducing Bye the Beloved Country? South Africans in the UK, 1994-2009 by Robert Crawford
New from Unisa Press, Bye the Beloved Country? South Africans in the UK, 1994-2009 by Robert Crawford:
South Africans have long been present in the United Kingdom. However, since 1994, their numbers in the British Isles and, in particular London, have grown exponentially. By 2009 some had even predicted that over a million South Africans now called the UK home. While this number is an exaggeration, it is clear that this group comprises the largest portion of the South African diaspora.
Variously labelled chicken runners, exiles and emigrants, these South Africans have regularly attracted attention in the South African media yet there has been no serious studies of these South Africans and their story. This book addresses that gap. It asks who these South Africans are, why they are in the UK, and what they were doing there. The answers to these questions not only provide a unique insight into the short history of South Africa’s unofficial tenth province and what it reveals about the Rainbow Nation. These insights also help to answer the question of whether or not these South Africans will return to South Africa…
About the author
Robert Crawford lectures in Public Communication at the University of Technology, Sydney. Previously, he was the Monash South Africa Research Fellow at King’s College London. His publications include Australians in Britain: The Twentieth Century Experience (2009), But Wait There’s More…: A History of Australian Advertising (2008), and Consumer Australia: Historical Perspectives (2010). He is currently working on a history of public relations in Australia.