Heart of Whiteness: Afrikaners Face Black Rule In the New South Africa

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An oral history of the current state of South Africa, drawing from the voices of Afrikaners, examines how apartheid is now perceived as sinful, the role of the secret Broederbond in the nation's politics, and much more. 12,500 first printing.

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Goodwin, a writer and former African correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, and husband Schiff (politics, Oberlin Coll.) interviewed over 125 Afrikaners in South Africa, selecting individuals from many political persuasions and from varying cultural and religious convictions. The overwhelming impression is one of great diversity within a group of people, the majority of whom still try to justify present and past apartheid beliefs. Two introductory sections are followed by detailed discussions of the Broederbond (the secret white male organization that ran the country under apartheid), religion, the Afrikaans language, and the police state. A brief conclusion reflects on the present situation and prospects for the future. Because of the need to condense so much material, it is often unclear when one individual's views are being reflected if not directly quoted, when the authors' views are being expressed, and when the transition to another's views is made. The result is a book that does not add significantly to our knowledge of Afrikaners. As the bibliography indicates, many monographs have been written about each major subject here and, indeed, about many of the individuals covered. Still, this book will interest scholars studying the birth of apartheid, the complicated cultural rationalizations that produced such strong convictions, and the effect of current changes on this racist ideology.?Maidel Cason, Univ. of Delaware Lib., Newark
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The willingness of Afrikaners to adapt to majority rule in South Africa is more pragmatic than moral, declare the authors, and this mosaic, including some 125 interviews, provides a textured sense of the thoughts and world of South Africa's once-ruling white tribe. The interviewees, ranging from professors to farmers to musicians, are hardly monolithic in outlook, debating even such fundamental questions as whether they are truly African. The authors concentrate on the Broederbond (the secret society dedicated to Afrikaner uplift and control); the Dutch Reformed church, with its too-slow move toward racial justice; the history and future of the Afrikaans language; and the legacy of the police state. Goodwin, former Africa correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, and husband Schiff, who teaches politics at Oberlin College, ultimately found "seeds of peaceful change among Afrikaners but also deep roots of violence." However, because the reporting was conducted in 1992, this book is already slightly dated, saying little about the 1994 elections and the Mandela presidency.
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