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Title:Contemplating dissident elements in new South African historiography: a growing 'sense of wrongness and fraught unease'
Author:Bottomley, JohnISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:New contree: a journal of historical and human sciences for Southern Africa
Issue:49
Pages:7-29
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:historiography
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1990-1999
Abstract:This paper focuses on that metamorphosis in South African historiography which resulted from the collapse of communism. Concurrently, a negotiated settlement in South Africa introduced majority rule and a transmogrified intellectual environment in this country. During this revolutionary period, the global economy was also transforming, and moved beyond the mechanistic milieu of the Industrial Revolution, and into the increasingly transcendental Information Technology epoch. The central focus of the paper is how historians have reacted to this profound change. The paper also focuses on flawed hermeneutics, and those ideological fallacies which have for so long dominated the subject. It argues that the commitment of the new South African State to outmoded and sterile ideological paradigms has resulted in a dangerous social and political impasse. It suggests that the way forward lies in advancing the knowledge of the cultural determinants of economic development, political modernization and the engineering of State power. Ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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