By Rebecca Davies

How has the placement of Afrikaners replaced because the finish of the Apartheid regime in South Africa? whereas the hyperlinks among Afrikaner nationalist id and the apartheid regime were irrevocably altered, it truly is obvious that this newly disempowered minority nonetheless instructions an unlimited fabric and cultural capital. convinced Afrikaans audio system became very important gamers within the new South Africa and at the international level. Davies argues that the worldwide political financial system and the heavily linked ideology of globalization are significant catalysts for switch in Afrikaner identifications and positions. She identifies a number of Afrikaner constituencies and identities and indicates how they play out within the advanced social, monetary and political panorama of South Africa. obtainable, informative and well-written, Afrikaners within the New South Africa is an important contribution to our figuring out of post-apartheid South Africa. it will likely be crucial for these drawn to South Africa, id politics, globalization, overseas political economic climate and geography.

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38 Both were born of ‘deprivation and necessity’, and both were intended to elevate the Afrikaner minority over a protracted period. The former was as a corrective to marginalisation and an intervention to legitimate racial difference and integrity in everyday life. 39 Race and an activist state thereby supplied the foundations of a readily adaptable nationalist ethos and project. Perhaps the most definitive feature of this project of social engineering was the volksbeweging (national movement) of organised Afrikaner nationalism, charged with creating consensus and cementing unity across the broad stretch of Afrikaner and later white society.

The negotiated character of the nationalist project can be surmised from the necessity of subduing these contradictions within an expanding hegemonic project. Consensus became the name of the game so that first and foremost the hegemonic project served to draw the disparate constituent forces of Afrikanerdom together. In order to do so the Christian-national ideology associated with the 1930s and 1940s was to be made more pertinent to existing political realities. ’32 This ideology was to be elaborated in the shape of policies to protect and advance the Afrikaans language alongside the encroachment of the state into the economic realm to overturn both real and perceived sources of disadvantage and grievance within the wider Afrikaner population.

73 In contrast, O’Meara’s account points to the divergent class interests – particularly within different capital camps – which matured within the nationalist alliance of 1948. 74 The latter represents a more substantive explanation, privileging material concerns over ethnic interests alongside an acknowledgement of the salience of these latter sentiments. The repercussions of these so-called broedertwis (divisions between brothers) within both the party and government were to become ever more pronounced as the coalition matured.

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