Liberating possibilities of a new identity: a review of Christi van der Westhuizen's Sitting Pretty : White Afrikaans Women in Postapartheid South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Van Wyk, Tanya
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-28T13:53:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-28T13:53:01Z
dc.date.issued 2018-09-11
dc.description.abstract In this article, Christi van der Westhuizen’s sociopolitical contribution in her publication, Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans Women in Postapartheid South Africa, is reviewed. In light of the official end of apartheid in 1994, South Africans are attempting to define a new identity. Van der Westhuizen’s publication focusses on how the identity of white Afrikaans women, as both the oppressor and the oppressed, influences and contributes to the endeavour of a search for new identity. In deconstructing and re-imagining new identity, Van der Westhuizen deconstructs the ‘supporting scaffolding’ of Afrikaner identity and examines the impact of white patriarchal hegemony that silences the voice of women, sexual minorities and black consciousness. The review concludes with the emphasis on the transformative role of shame, that is, the willingness to expose the false sense of goodness that we had of ourselves, as pointed out by Van der Westhuizen. In this regard, the recognition of the intersectionality of people’s experiences becomes a key aspect of the endeavour of a search for new identity. en_ZA
dc.description.department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2019 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.sahistory.org.za/article/stat-nation-address-president-south-africa-nelson-mandela en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Van Wyk, T., 2018, ‘Liberating possibilities of a new identity: A review of Christi van der Westhuizen’s Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans Women in Postapartheid South Africa’, HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 74(4), a5220. https://DOI.org/10.4102/hts.v74i4.5220. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v74i4.5220
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/68528
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Identity en_ZA
dc.subject Postapartheid South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Christi van der Westhuizen en_ZA
dc.subject White Afrikaans women en_ZA
dc.title Liberating possibilities of a new identity: a review of Christi van der Westhuizen's Sitting Pretty : White Afrikaans Women in Postapartheid South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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