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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Boers, Afrikaners, and diasporas
Author:Du Toit, Brian M.ISNI
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Geographic term:South Africa
Abstract:This study reports on the diaspora of the Boer-Afrikaanders. Following a discussion of the concept of diaspora and an overview of Afrikaner ethnicity and identity, a diasporic model is presented which combines two models previously employed. One deals with the simple fact of migration, the second represents action in the face of a crisis condition. Following the Anglo-Boer War many Afrikaners, moving away from British authority, migrated to Europe, and North and South America, although some felt safer remaining on the African continent. A survey of recent South African emigration shows that, following the political transition of the 1990s, increasing numbers of South Africans emigrated to New Zealand. Attention is paid to demographic data pertaining to this group of migrants, stimuli for emigration, and the decisionmaking and emigration processes. The central theme in the earlier emigrations as well as in the New Zealand settlement is one of identity. It appears that the Afrikaans-speaking South Africans who emigrated to New Zealand were able to recreate a subculture of ex-South Africans and a community of Afrikaners. Notes, ref., sum. in English (p. i-ii) and Afrikaans. [ASC Leiden abstract]