How has the position of Afrikaners changed since the end of the Apartheid regime in South Africa? While the links between Afrikaner nationalist identity and the apartheid regime have been irrevocably altered, it is evident that this newly disempowered minority still commands a vast material and cultural capital. Certain Afrikaans speakers have become important players in the new South Africa and on the world stage. Davies argues that the global political economy and the closely associated ideology of globalization are major catalysts for change in Afrikaner identifications and positions. She identifies multiple Afrikaner constituencies and identities and shows how they play out in the complex social, economic and political landscape of South Africa.Accessible, informative and well-written, "Afrikaners in the New South Africa" is a vital contribution to our understanding of post-apartheid South Africa. It will be indispensable for those interested in South Africa, identity politics, globalization, international political economy and geography.
Rebecca Davies is Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at Plymouth University where she teaches African politics. She holds a DPhil from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa where she remains a visiting fellow at the Centre for Comparative and International Politics. She has taught at universities in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Rebuilding the Future or Revisiting the Past?; Introduction; A political economy of post-apartheid Afrikaner identity; Theorising identity in a global era; 2. The Afrikaner Nationalist Project; Appropriating the past: The development of an Afrikaner identity; Moving towards consensus; A volk in retreat?; The nationalist project unravels; A class apart: The maturation of Afrikaner capital; 3. The Nature of Consensus in the 'New' South Africa; Consolidating dominance? The shape of the new hegemonic order; Neo-liberal orthodoxy and the capital transition. Connecting with the global consensus; Compromise on the domestic front; An African Renaissance?; 4. Contemporary Manifestations of Afrikaner Identity in an Era of Increasing Globalisation; Rethinking the cultural: The future of the Afrikaner past; The politics of transformation; The new discourse of minority rights; The culture industry; The rise of a globalised capital consensus; 5. The 'Logic of the Local' in Contemporary Afrikaner Identity Politics; The local tradition in Afrikaner nationalist politics; An alternative Afrikanerdom?; Recreating the cultural: New visions of Afrikaans; Reorienting the local: Politics at the provincial level; 6. Renewing the Consensus in a Post-Apartheid Era?; Bibliography; Index.