n Journal for Contemporary History - Omheinings van die hart : "geskiedenis" as kulturele kapitaal van briefskrywers aan die Afrikaanse media in 2005

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



The term 'history' appears to be very much alive in the Afrikaans media. In 2005 the term was used in 274 items published in and . The term was mostly used in correspondence (71%) to the editor. In the article letters were categorised in terms of Bourdieu's classification of cultural capital. The overall objective was to determine to what extent historical consciousness was still seated within the mindset of writers making use of the term in the period 1 January to 31 December 2005. There are also analyses of certain themes that featured prominently in the correspondence. These are: elements of ethnic feeling; a deep-seated sense of historical consciousness; local patriotism and indications of racial bias.

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