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Title:The Afrikaner Broederbond 1927-1948: class vanguard of Afrikaner nationalism
Author:O'Meara, D.ISNI
Book title:The societies of Southern Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries; vol. 7
Geographic term:South Africa
secret societies
Abstract:The paper attempts the beginnings of a demystification of the Bond's operations an an assesment of its role up till 1948. According to the author, only through the infusion of the categories of social class and the notion of class struggle can Afrikaner nationalism and the 'Bond' be demystified. It is argued that the Bond was a purely petty bourgeois organization, concerned with the effects of the trajectory of capitalist development on the Afrikaans-speaking fraction of the petty bourgeoisie. Once these were eased the nature of the 'Bond' changed wracked with conflict between competing class forces, it lost its vanguard position. Ref.