Afrikaners in the New South Africa: Identity Politics in a by Rebecca Davies

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 identification and the apartheid regime were irrevocably altered, it's obtrusive that this newly disempowered minority nonetheless instructions an unlimited fabric and cultural capital. yes Afrikaans audio system became vital avid gamers within the new South Africa and at the international degree. Davies argues that the worldwide political financial system and the heavily linked ideology of globalization are significant catalysts for swap in Afrikaner identifications and positions. She identifies a number of Afrikaner constituencies and identities and indicates how they play out within the advanced social, fiscal and political panorama of South Africa. available, informative and well-written, Afrikaners within the New South Africa is a crucial contribution to our figuring out of post-apartheid South Africa. it is going to be necessary for these attracted to South Africa, identification politics, globalization, overseas political economic system and geography.

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THERN EBUILDING ATURE OFTHE CONSENSUS FUTURE IN ORTHE REVISITING ‘NEW’ STHE OUTH PAST AFRICA ? 45 It is beyond the reach of this study to disclose the implications of these openings for the majority of the ANC’s electorate. But for the Afrikaans speaking grouping it will be contended that the dirigiste direction of oldstyle Afrikanerdom has been replaced among important constituent parts by a hegemonical common sense understanding of the role South Africa is supposed to play in the new global order and political economy.

Thus the structural shifts in South African society (and thereafter the changing composition of Afrikaner identifications) should likewise be analysed within the wider context of the globalised political economy. Secondly, from its roots as a resistance movement to its contemporary populist appearance, the ANC hegemon cooperates with a range of constituent parts to maintain a semblance of unity. That is, the historical development of the ANC and its hegemonic project has ensured that existent ideological discrepancies on the level of ideas and material forces have become more pronounced with the advent of government and onerous demands of transformation.

Stretched too far the regime was unable to build upon the consensus and legacy of the project’s formative decades. The strategic alliances that propped up the nationalist edifice could only hold as long as the ideological consensus articulated by the nationalist project held. When this began to fail, the wheels fell off the entire project and most tellingly Afrikaner capital revealed itself to be driven by the same motives as its English speaking counterpart. At the close of the apartheid era, Afrikanerdom was not so much coming apart at the seams as embarking on a fundamental process of restructuring.

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