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Title:Displaying anglophile Whiteness: a case-study of a South African exhibition
Author:Rodéhn, CeciliaISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1459-9465)
Volume:20
Issue:4
Pages:276-299
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Whites
English-speaking South Africans
cultural heritage
museums
Link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol20num4/rodehn.pdf
Abstract:After the fall of apartheid, white South African heritage came to acquire negative connotations, mostly because of the role that white, especially Afrikaner heritage, played during apartheid. This was mostly due to the fact that for black South Africans, whites and whiteness were regarded as homogenous, with few exceptions. Afrikaner heritage has been subject to considerable research and self-criticism, but anglophile heritage has been overlooked.The author explores the shifting attitude to anglophile whiteness as exemplified in the exhibition 'The History Hall' at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum (Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa). The research pairs large-scale heritage negotiations with local ones, and explores how anglophile whiteness was constructed in the museum as well as how it has changed. The author investigates the museum's geographical location and significance to the construction of whiteness. Next she investigates the prelude to The History Hall from 1904-1970, and then focuses on the development of the exhibition from 1970 to the present time. The research is based on qualitative methodology, and draws on participant observation and qualitative interviews, visual analysis, and archive materials. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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