What do the Afrikaners believe in?

Afrikaners believed that they were called to spread the Christian faith in Africa. The influence of their Christian-national beliefs figured strongly in government and schools. Festivals are part of the Afrikaner’s existence and fill a need to express joy or humility over certain events.

What is Afrikaner identity?

The word ‘Afrikaner’ means ‘African’. To some extent, claiming to be African is therefore at the core of Afrikaner identity. Many prominent (and often dissident) Afrikaner writers have engaged with the question of whether Afrikaners are African.

How tall is the average Afrikaner?

That depends on what you see as tall, average height of an Afrikaner male is about 1,87 m but there are shorter or taller.

Who are the Afrikaners?

The Dutch, or Boer, settler class on the southern most point of Africa was displaced in the 19th century by the arrival of the British. The Afrikaners – as the descendants of the Boer settlers eventually became known – constructed their identity in opposition to, on the one hand, black identities, and on the other to Anglo whiteness.

Are Boers Afrikaner children-of-nature?

An eighteenth century discourse of Boers-as-unspoilt-children-of-nature was recuperated as one of Afrikaner innocence, uncorrupted mentality and closeness to God. My research shows that the competitive dynamic with white English-speaking identity persists even after the fall of official apartheid but with paradoxical manifestations.

Is “Afrikaner” identity white?

Examining “Afrikaner” identity through the lens of ordentlikheid reveals it as a lesser whiteness in relation to white English-speaking South African identity, which in turn draws on global Anglo whiteness. Unpicking ordentlikheid reveals a double movement: ordentlikheid derives from and elaborates on white English-speaking respectability.

Is Afrikaans the language of the underprivileged?

White Afrikaans identity hovers between two poles symbolised by the Afrikaans language. It’s premised on Afrikaans as the touchstone of Afrikaner nationalism. Yet, Afrikaans contains traces of its historical “association of being the language of the underprivileged”, as political scientist Louise Vincent writes.