Afrikaners in the New South Africa: Identity Politics in a by Rebecca Davies

By Rebecca Davies

How has the location of Afrikaners replaced because the finish of the Apartheid regime in South Africa? whereas the hyperlinks among Afrikaner nationalist id and the apartheid regime were irrevocably altered, it really is obtrusive that this newly disempowered minority nonetheless instructions an unlimited fabric and cultural capital. definite Afrikaans audio system became very important avid gamers within the new South Africa and at the global degree. Davies argues that the worldwide political economic climate and the heavily linked ideology of globalization are significant catalysts for swap in Afrikaner identifications and positions. She identifies a number of Afrikaner constituencies and identities and indicates how they play out within the complicated social, monetary and political panorama of South Africa. available, informative and well-written, Afrikaners within the New South Africa is a crucial contribution to our knowing of post-apartheid South Africa. will probably be necessary for these attracted to South Africa, identification politics, globalization, foreign political financial system and geography.

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Stability was shaken in all the ideological, material and institutional arenas of the hegemonic project as, with REBUILDING THE ATHE FRIKANER FUTURE NATIONALIST OR REVISITING PROJECT THE PAST? 86 Following close behind the structural crisis, the real changes in the capital-state equation arrived during the years of the Botha administration. Botha was especially keen to paint his government as the partner of capital. Yet the political cost of opening the door to capital as an equal partner in the reform project left Botha increasingly exposed to the requirements of a grouping that had little allegiance beyond the profit margin.

The problem was: ‘the achievement of both the political and economic aims of Afrikaner nationalism meant the disappearance of a single symbolic target against which all classes of Afrikaners could be mobilised with the promise of the good life once these demons were replaced by an authentic Afrikaner government. Given the increased economic and social stratification of Afrikaans speaking whites, by the mid-1960s it was very difficult to identify the common, collective interest of this highly differentiated Afrikaner volk.

24 If the poor white problem had been established as a genuine concern by the 1932 Carnegie Commission – which had concluded that, out of approximately 300 000 poor whites, the majority were Afrikaans speakers – by the end of the war it had become a compelling political issue. Deliberately accorded a platform during the centenary celebrations of the Great Trek in 1938,25 capitalism, traditionally viewed as the domain of the imperial power, was imbued with a distinctly anti-Afrikaner character. Accompanied by the Fusion Pact of 1934 between Hertzog’s NP and Smuts’ South Africa Party which formed the United Party, an act seen by many Afrikaners as a betrayal, the politicisation of the Afrikaner culture began in earnest.

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