The political future of Afrikaans: the viewpoints of an ethnic party

The relationship between language and ethnic identity is important. The importance is magnified in societies where language differences are a characteristic of interethnic competition. Where language is connected to a political order, a change in that order can alter its fortunes. Afrikaans in the new South Africa constitutes an interesting context for the study of ethno-linguistics and the relationship between language and politics. With apartheid gone, the language no longer enjoys political patronage. Yet it remains an emotionally relevant and core feature of Afrikaner identity. This article considers the debate about the language’s future in the light of research conducted with the Freedom Front Plus, which projects itself as South Africa’s Afrikaner party. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]

Title: The political future of Afrikaans: the viewpoints of an ethnic party
Author: Southern, Neil
Year: 2012
Periodical: Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies (ISSN 0258-9346)
Volume: 39
Issue: 3
Pages: 353-369
Language: English
Geographic term: South Africa
External link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589346.2012.746185
Abstract: The relationship between language and ethnic identity is important. The importance is magnified in societies where language differences are a characteristic of interethnic competition. Where language is connected to a political order, a change in that order can alter its fortunes. Afrikaans in the new South Africa constitutes an interesting context for the study of ethno-linguistics and the relationship between language and politics. With apartheid gone, the language no longer enjoys political patronage. Yet it remains an emotionally relevant and core feature of Afrikaner identity. This article considers the debate about the language’s future in the light of research conducted with the Freedom Front Plus, which projects itself as South Africa’s Afrikaner party. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]