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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 truly is glaring that this newly disempowered minority nonetheless instructions an enormous fabric and cultural capital. yes Afrikaans audio system became vital gamers within the new South Africa and at the global level. 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, financial and political panorama of South Africa. available, informative and well-written, Afrikaners within the New South Africa is an important contribution to our realizing of post-apartheid South Africa. it is going to be crucial for these drawn to South Africa, id politics, globalization, foreign political financial system and geography.

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Racial hierarchies were present from the beginnings of the colony. 13 There was also concern and resentment over British control’s being extended over the Cape Colony begun in 1795, and made permanent during 1805. Imperial hegemony was increasingly felt in many quarters with the prohibition of the slave trade during 1807 and, more significantly, a battery of legislation from 1833 onwards that served to weaken the colonialists’ authority over their native workers. The situation in the colony was complicated further by the incomplete incorporation of the settlement into the British Empire during the 1850s, stepping up what was perceived by many Dutch settlers to be hostile interference.

Preceding chapters have explored the changing social composition of the Afrikaner grouping initiated under the ancien régime. Using Gramsci’s concept of hegemony as a point of departure, the shape of the profound political, ideological and less marked economic transformation currently underway in South Africa will be sought. On the empirical front a Gramscian frame focuses attention upon the ambiguities which go to the heart of the ANC hegemonic project. Essentially, this framework provides a structural understanding of how consensus (in all the political, economic and ideological aspects of the ANC’s hegemonic project) is being manufactured, and thus how wider structural shifts impact upon the character of contemporary Afrikaner identifications.

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. If the volkseenheid (unity of the volk) and its survival were to be secured, the character of this ideology was crucial.

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