Poor Whites in South Africa

Just like last year, various master students obtained a small financial allowance from the Vamos Bien-Foundation of our Department. In  return, they write blogs about their fieldwork, posted on the vamosbien.nl-site. Like last year, we will re-post some of these field stories on our Standplaatswereld site. The first one is by Dafydd Russell-Jones. He went to South Africa to explore the experiences of poverty among white communities living in informal settlements in and around Pretoria.  This research will explore the lived realities of white South Africans who have experienced a great shift in social and economic security since the end …

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Zuid-Afrikaanse jachtboerderijen vergroten sociale spanningen op het platteland

In Zuid-Afrika groeit het aantal en de omvang van commerciële wildboerderijen, waar toeristen tegen betaling jagen op groot wild. Volgens de eigenaren leveren zij een bijdrage aan natuurbescherming, economische groei en werkgelegenheid. VU onderzoeker Femke Brandt concludeert echter dat de jachtboerderijen leiden tot gespannen verhoudingen op het platteland tussen blanke boeren en zwarte landarbeiders. Vandaag, op woensdag 26 juni promoveert zij aan de Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Antropoloog Brandt onderzocht de verschuivende machtsverhoudingen tussen boeren en landarbeiders in de woestijnachtige Karoo. Ze ging mee op jacht, interviewde tientallen boeren, landarbeiders en ambtenaren en volgde velen van hen een jaar lang …

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Having Your Boerewors Roll and Eating it

By Duane Jethro  The 24th of September marked Heritage Day in South Africa. Inaugurated in 1996, the state figured this public holiday would afford South Africans the opportunity to critically reflect on the post-apartheid nation’s rich cultural heritage and diversity. Responding to this implicit appeal, on the 24th of September 2005, the Mzansi Braai Institute initiated the idea of reframing Heritage Day as being a celebration of the braai, or barbeque.

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Reading a Post-Apartheid Memorial

  Photo by April Killingsworth Duane Jethro Sunday 8 August, 2010: I am on an expedition to find an elusive Sunday Times memorial in Soweto, Johannesburg. On the way, I drive through Vilakazi Street, passing by Nelson Mandela’s former home. It has been transformed into a museum. The precinct surrounding his former domicile is teeming with tourists and a host of locals plying a range of different commercial strategies aimed at cashing in on the spoils of the heritage venture. Further along the way, I pass the monumental Hector Pieterson Memorial and Media Centre, another heritage project erected during the post-apartheid …

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