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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Afrikaner identity: culture, tradition and gender
Author:Cloete, E.
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
Geographic term:South Africa
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10130950.1992.9675204
Abstract:From the rise of Afrikaner nationalism in South Africa in the first few decades of the 20th century until well into the seventies, the basic criteria for being an Afrikaner were that one had to be white and Afrikaans-speaking. This meant that coloured and black Afrikaans-speakers were automatically excluded. In a postreferendum South Africa and with the prospects of a nonracial political dispensation in the near future, the image of the Afrikaner as a homogeneous, unified group of people seems even remoter. This article on Afrikaner identity deals with the following issues: the idea of Afrikaner homogeneity, core Afrikaner beliefs such as the belief of being God's elect people, the role of the Afrikaans language and of myths in creating a unitary identity, and the status of Afrikaner women. The status of Afrikaner women can be seen to be the product of two culturally separate yet collusionary 'confinements': 'confinement' by women's perceived role as servant to the Afrikaner 'volk' and 'confinement' by the mass media with their images of beautiful women. Bibliogr.