Shifting African Identities

Framsida
HSRC Press, 2001 - 180 sidor
This volume is the second in the series, Identity? theory, politics, history. It includes Neville Alexander's important study of the link between language and identity in South Africa.
 

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Sidan 136 - ... but we do have our own hearts, our own heads, our own history. It is this history which the colonialists have taken from us. The colonialists usually say that it was they who brought us into history: today we show that this is not so. They made us leave history, our history, to follow them, right at the back, to follow the progress of their history. Today, in taking up arms to liberate ourselves, in following the example of other peoples who have taken up arms to liberate themselves, we want...
Sidan 65 - Bantu people by virtue of the fact that they share a common Bantu culture with the Hutu, with whom they speak a common Bantu language, Kinyarwanda or Kirundi, depending on the country.
Sidan 138 - Malawi is a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), granting trade preferences to member states.
Sidan 136 - We are African peoples, we have not invented many things, we do not possess today the special weapons which others possess, we have no big factories, we don't even have for our children the toys which other children have, but we do have our own hearts, our own heads, our own history. It is this history which the colonialists have taken from us. The colonialists usually say that it was they who brought us into history: today we show that this is not so. They made us leave history, our history, to...
Sidan 39 - Because the countervailing power has been lacking, state officials in many countries have served their own interests without fear of being called to account. In self-defence individuals have built up personal networks of influence rather than hold the all-powerful state accountable for its systemic failures.
Sidan 166 - South Africa who identified themselves with the African soil so much that they called themselves Afrikaners, and even attempted to monopolise the name "Africans" for themselves. White Rhodesians were simply too British, many of them enjoying dual citizenship right through Ian Smith's Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI). Of all the Whites of Africa, perhaps only the Afrikaners had evolved a mystical relationship to the African land. The Afrikaners mixed their sweat mystically with the African...
Sidan 167 - Black man was to acquire the political crown, while the White man retained the economic jewels. In many ways, while political apartheid was ending, economic apartheid is still intact. The best land, the best mines, the best jobs, the best shops and commercial opportunities, are still overwhelmingly in white hands or under white control. The challenge for the postMandela South Africa is how to dismantle economic apartheid without causing widespread economic and social havoc. While most people are...
Sidan 167 - The Armenians have long memories about atrocities committed against them by the Turks in the Ottoman Empire. The Jews have long memories about their martyrdom in history. On the other hand, Jomo Kenyatta proceeded to forgive his British tormentors very fast after being released from unjust imprisonment. He even published a book entitled Suffering Without Bitterness. Where but in Africa could somebody like Ian Smith, who had unleashed a war which killed many thousands of Black people, remain free...
Sidan 166 - ... rebellion of John Garang in the South. Garang was not after the separatist ideal of a new country of the South. His aim was to democratize and secularize Sudan as a whole. The second Sudanese civil war has been, on the whole, secondary since 1983 (despite the presence of a few individual secessionists both North and South). South Africa: the racial war that never was There was a time when South Africa seemed destined to experience one of the bloodiest examples of primary civil wars - an actual...
Sidan 167 - ... causing widespread economic and social havoc. While most people are convinced that South Africa has indeed averted a primary civil war in the twentieth century (White versus Black), can we be complacent about averting it in the twenty-first century if economic apartheid remains intact? The twenty-first century may not have the moral leadership of the rank of Nelson Mandela. It may still have the valuable resource of the marriage between the Afrikaner soul and the African soil. But this brings...

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