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Title:Whiteness, racism, and Afrikaner identity in post-apartheid South Africa
Authors:Verwey, Cornel
Quayle, Michael
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society (ISSN 1468-2621)
Geographic term:South Africa
ethnic identity
Abstract:This article explores the production of postapartheid Afrikaner identity in South Africa. Centred on the private sphere of the braai, the article draws on discursive psychology to investigate the participants' dilemmas and struggles over their identity as Afrikaners, South Africans, and Africans, and the ways in which these identities are being redefined. The 'backstage' talk that is usually reserved for fellow whites or Afrikaners illustrates a clear difference between public and private constructions of Afrikaner identity. While the participants rejected many stereotypes of Afrikaner identity, they simultaneously recycled key discourses underlying apartheid ideology, particularly discourses of black incompetence and whites under threat. Participants in this backstage talk generally claimed status as 'Africans' but strongly resisted assimilation with 'Africa' or a broader African identity. They also maintained whiteness as central to Afrikaner identity. The article concludes that the construction of the Afrikaner community as embattled and systematically oppressed might provide powerful support for extremism. Ref., sum. [Journal abstract]