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Title:Reflections on State Intervention and the Schmidtsdrift Bushmen
Author:Douglas, Stuart
Year:1997
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Volume:15
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:45-66
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:San
veterans
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589009708729602
http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=498BBC14A86CF7280147
Abstract:In March 1990 the now defunct South African Defence Force (SADF) 'facilitated' the relocation of approximately 4,000 Bushmen from military bases in the Caprivi Strip, Namibia, to Schmidtsdrift army base outside Kimberley, Northern Cape Province, South Africa. These Bushmen, who had served in the SADF during the Namibian liberation war in the 1970s and 1980s, were immediately given South African citizenship. In the years after 1990 their position became increasingly uncertain, but in 1996 the South African State agreed to furnish the Bushmen who were living at Schmidtsdrift with a substantial financial grant (rumoured to have amounted to R61 million). The author addresses two specific questions: why has a grant of this magnitude been given to these people now? And, how should social scientists and anthropologists, in particular, respond to a postapartheid State not only conceding to, but revering and centrally formalizing a culturally particular or 'ethnic' group? Bibliogr., note, ref.
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