Dis-location / re-location : colonial and postcolonial narratives of white displacement in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Farber, Leora
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-31T06:25:52Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-31T06:25:52Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation ACRAWSA e-journal, 5(1), 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-0013-8
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/5319
dc.description.abstract In this article, I propose correlations between my ambivalent position as a white, English speaking, second ­generation Jewish female living in post­ apartheid, post-colonial South Africa and debates within South African whiteness studies around what Melissa Steyn (2006) identifies as a post-1994 sense of psychological "dislocation" which certain white South Africans are experiencing. Underpinnings of white identity were and are being challenged through processes of redress; anchors which previously held whiteness in place are, arguably, shifting or have been removed, resulting in a sense of displacement for those "White Africans" who staked much of their identity on their privileged whiteness. In proposing these correlations, reference the artwork of the Dis-­Location / Re-Location exhibition. The artwork draws analogies between the "immigrant" experiences of two Jewish protagonists the colonial English woman Bertha Marks, who immigrated to South Africa in 1885 to enter into an arranged marriage, and myself as post-colonial persona. Bertha's experiences of dislocation and alienation from the colony are paralleled with my experiences of displacement from a society caught in the throes of reconstruction and redress. Selected synchronic linkages between Bertha's and my subjectivities as Jewish South Africans are touched upon. Both experiences are considered as manifestations of the immigrant's need to re-Iocate within their new environment, entailing re-evaluations of personal and collective ideologies of gendered and Jewish whiteness. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Art and Design, Helsinki en_US
dc.subject Relocation en_US
dc.subject Dislocation en_US
dc.subject South African Jews en_US
dc.subject Jews - South Africa en_US
dc.title Dis-location / re-location : colonial and postcolonial narratives of white displacement in South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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