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Title:Portuguese immigrant history in twentieth century South Africa: a preliminary overview
Author:Glaser, CliveISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:African Historical Review (ISSN 1753-2531)
Volume:42
Issue:2
Pages:61-83
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:immigrants
Portuguese
group identity
1900-1999
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17532523.2010.517398
Abstract:South Africans of Portuguese descent probably constitute ten to fifteen per cent of the white South African population. Yet it is a remarkably under-researched group. This article attempts to lay out a research agenda to address this large historiographical gap. It begins with an overview of the sparse literature on Portuguese immigrants and then provides a basic narrative of three discernible waves of migration from the late nineteenth century until the late 1970s. The first and longest wave involved impoverished citizens of the island of Madeira. The second involved more skilled mainlanders from about 1940-1980, most coming in the 1960s and 1970s. The final wave involved Mozambican and Angolan ex-colonial refugees. The paper suggest several areas of possible historical research on Portuguese South Africans: the degree of their coherence as a 'community'; their generational continuity and discontinuity; and in general, the nature of transnational hybridized identity in its racial, religious and political dimensions. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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