Khoisan consciousness: an ethnography of emic histoires and indigenous revivalism in post-apartheid Cape Town

TitleKhoisan consciousness: an ethnography of emic histoires and indigenous revivalism in post-apartheid Cape Town
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsVerbuyst, R
Secondary TitleAfrika-Studiecentrum series
Volume42
Pagination42
Date Published2022
PublisherBrill
Place PublishedLeiden
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number9789004516601
Keywordsanthropology, Khoikhoi, San, South Africa
Abstract

The Khoisan of the Cape are widely considered virtually extinct as a distinct collective following their decimation, dispossession and assimilation into the mixed-race group ‘coloured’ during colonialism and apartheid. However, since the democratic transition of 1994, increasing numbers of ‘Khoisan revivalists’ are rejecting their coloured identity and engaging in activism as indigenous people. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Cape Town, this book takes an unprecedented bottom-up approach. Centring emic perspectives, it scrutinizes Khoisan revivalism’s origins and explores the diverse ways Khoisan revivalists engage with the past to articulate a sense of indigeneity and stake political claims.

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