n Acta Academica - White Afrikaners' search for new identities

Volume 34, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0587-2405


Theoretical points of view that are useful in gaining an understanding of and explaining identity are identified, and the following themes are developed: The Afrikaner was responsible for apartheid. On the other hand, Afrikaner identity is largely defined, determined and influenced by this same creation. Given this ambivalence, it was decided, first, to typify the conceptual framework of apartheid, and, secondly, to list the characteristics of Afrikaner identity within the apartheid framework. Thirdly, attention is devoted to the current debate on Afrikaner identity and the identity markers that are highlighted.

Teoretiese standpunte wat belangrik is vir die verstaan en verduideliking van identiteit word geïdentifiseer, waarna die volgende aangeleenthede beredeneer word. Die Afrikaner was verantwoordelik vir apartheid. Aan die ander kant het hierdie maaksel sy Afrikaneridentiteit tot 'n groot mate bepaal, beïnvloed en gedefinieer. Om dié ambivalensie te verduidelik, is besluit om eerstens die konseptuele raamwerk van apartheid te ontleed en, tweedens, die kenmerke van Afrikaneridentiteit binne die apartheidsraamwerk te lys. Derdens word identiteitsmerkers uitgewys wat in die huidige debat oor Afrikaneridentiteit uitgekristalliseer het.

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