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Title:The ghost of Theal: representation of the Khoe-San in SA school history books
Author:Besten, MichaelISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:African Studies (ISSN 1469-2872)
Volume:70
Issue:1
Pages:67-88
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Khoikhoi
San
stereotypes
history education
textbooks
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020184.2011.557576
Abstract:Stereotypes about the Khoe-San as premodern, unusual, and virtually extinct in South Africa have been socially pervasive. School history is one very important medium through which such views have been reproduced, spread and sustained. This article examines the way the Khoe-San people have been depicted in South African school history books from the late 1800s into the post-apartheid period. It shows that there has been great consistency of degrading representations of the Khoe-San from the late 1800s, with significant changes occurring only during the 1980s. It also shows that despite the momentous shift in the representation of the Khoe-San in post-1994 books, pernicious ideas, which perpetuate Khoe-San marginalization, have been reproduced. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]
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