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Title:White Namibians in tourism and the politics of belonging through Bushmen
Author:Koot, Stasja P.ISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:Anthropology Southern Africa (ISSN 2332-3264)
Volume:38
Issue:1-2
Pages:4-15
Language:English
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:race relations
San
ecotourism
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/23323256.2015.1011343
Abstract:Namibian Bushmen, such as the Hai//om and the Ju/?hoansi, are increasingly involved in the growing, white-dominated tourism industry. In this, white Namibians tend to position Bushmen and themselves as people of nature and conservationists. Elsewhere, whites from southern Africa have avoided contact with blacks by identifying more with nature than with people. This has been an important element in their 'politics of belonging' to the land. From this perspective, Bushmen occupy a special position because they are considered 'part of nature' while they are also members of contemporary society. Although this view is paradoxical at first sight, the author argues that essentialising Bushmen as people of nature and modernising (developing) them 'into society' are compatible ideas that can strengthen white Namibians' belonging to nature and society. Against the background of the global indigenous movement and local history, crucial elements in this process of belonging are the tourists' quest for authenticity and southern African paternalism. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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