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Title:A new generation of Gustav Prellers? The Fragmente/FAK/Vrye Afrikaan movement, 1998-2008
Author:Kriel, MarianaISNI
Periodical:African Studies (ISSN 1469-2872)
Geographic term:South Africa
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020184.2012.740885
Abstract:Defining nationalism as an ideology which holds that the nation should be collectively and freely articulated - both symbolically and institutionally -, this article claims (contra Hermann Giliomee and others) that Afrikaner nationalism has outlived apartheid, at least as an elite movement. During the first decade of the 21st century this movement has become consolidated around a few organizations which define their mission, depending on the circumstances, as the defence of multilingualism and minority rights, the defence of Afrikaans, or, unashamedly, the defence of Afrikaner rights and interests. The leaders of the movement, and then specifically the philosophers Danie Goosen and Johann Rossouw, have been identified as a 'new generation of Gustav Prellers' (Van Niekerk 2008:84). However, following Breuilly (1993:64), the author argues that effective nationalist mobilization requires, for philosophy, to be translated into appropriate ideology (which Goosen and Rossouw have managed to do); and for ideology, to be simplified and concretized (which they, unlike the Prellers of yore, have failed to do). In putting forward this argument, the author revisits the debate in South Africa about the role of ideology versus that of other factors in the formation and politicization of an Afrikaner national identity in the first half of the 20th century. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]