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Title:Problems of Explanation in the Study of Afrikaner Nationalism: A Case Study of the West Rand
Author:Hyslop, JonathanISNI
Year:1996
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Volume:22
Issue:3
Period:September
Pages:373-385
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:nationalism
Afrikaners
Ethnic and Race Relations
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/2637309
Abstract:On the one hand, this paper points out the important contribution of scholars who have demonstrated the socially constructed nature of Afrikaner nationalism, and on the other, it redresses the national focus of the existing literature on the topic by means of a local case study of Krugersdorp, a mining and industrial town to the west of Johannesburg. It argues that the work of Dan O'Meara (1983) and a number of other authors, who have shown that Afrikaner ethnic identification is a construction which both conceals and is pulled apart by divisions of class, interest and gender, provides an essential basis for understanding Afrikaner nationalism. The article rejects the position of Johann Van Rooyen (1994), who advances the idea of an 'ethnic dynamic' driven by a search for Afrikaner ethnic security and status. In the Krugersdorp case study the article shows that, far from being propelled by such a unitary dynamic, Afrikaner ethnic mobilization during the period of the decline of apartheid was unstable and fragmented, and liable to be displaced by considerations of pragmatic self-interest on the part of its constituents. Notes, ref., sum.
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