n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Religion, "body" and the control of the Afrikaner-mind
|Article Title||Religion, "body" and the control of the Afrikaner-mind|
|© Publisher:||Institute for Afro-Hellenic studies|
|Publication Date||Jan 2010|
|Pages||109 - 125|
|Keyword(s)||University of Johannesburg|
At the basis of our conceptualizations, even our most abstract symbolizations, lies the body, it is always there. One of these abstract projections is the so-called ideal or regulatory "body" that functions as an ideology. In representing a society's convictions on inter alia race, class and gender the materialized body take up its allocated "place" and so fulfills the requests of the collectivity. In the brief example of modern Israel, "the chosen body" becomes exemplified in the muscled, male Israeli soldier, and in Afrikaner circles of the first half of the 20th century, the main focus of this contribution, the Calvinist, "dualist body" became concretized in the (religious-) spiritually muscled male Afrikaner. Whilst empowering the in-group, both these body constructs, discriminate against the out-group through a process of "othering" where the "other" class, gender and race are depicted as inferior. Both the monism of Israeli thought (eg strong males and weak females) and dualism of Afrikaners (eg males are "mind" [manager], females/black people are "mind-less" [workers]) are in need of an alternative bodiliness. The notion of an inclusive one-bodiliness instead of a closed exclusivity holds promise for the destroying of the dividing boundaries of race, gender and class.
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