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Afrikaanse vryheidsliedjies as herkonstruksie van Afrikaneridentiteit: ’n ideologies-kritiese perspektief

L. Lambrechts, M. Viljoen
Literator | Vol 31, No 2 | a50 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v31i2.50 | © 2010 L. Lambrechts, M. Viljoen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 July 2010 | Published: 13 July 2010

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L. Lambrechts, Departement Musiek, Universiteit van die Vrystaat, South Africa
M. Viljoen, Departement Musiek, Universiteit van die Vrystaat, South Africa

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Afrikaans freedom songs as a reconstruction of Afrikaner identity
Media polemics that centred on Afrikaner identity and language proliferated in Afrikaans newspapers of the early 2000s. It illustrates that although more than a decade has passed since democratisation, identity politics are still an important South African topic and renegotiation therefore continues. This article discusses the role of Afrikaans freedom songs as a reconstruction of white Afrikaner identity with the specific aim of establishing a point of departure for an ideology-critical theorising of the topic. In this regard, the interpretative tools of metaphor analysis and ideology critique of Johann Visagie (1996) are applied within the broader framework of the so-called Critical Theory. The five dominant postapartheid narratives recorded by Melissa Steyn (2001) serve as starting point for this study. The selection of freedom songs is related to specific constructions of “whiteness” portrayed in the mentioned narratives.


Afrikaner Identity; Freedom Songs; Ideology Critique; Metaphor Analysis; Neo-Afrikaner Protest Movement


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