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Title: Untold Stories and Disconnectedness. The Dilemma of Conscript Veterans of the Bush War
Authors: Gibson, Diana
Keywords: war
Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Department of Dutch and South African Studies, Faculty of English
Citation: Werkwinkel vol. 4(1), 2009, pp.71-102
Abstract: This exploratory article scrutinizes the ways in which 12 white Afrikaansspeaking former conscripts - who experienced combat during the long-drawn-out lowintensity war along the border between Angola and Namibia – understand, give meaning to and deal with their violent conflict experiences in the context of political change in South Africa. The article highlights some of the predicaments faced by men who had seen and done violence during a war that has been remained largely undisclosed to the public. The former conflict is also increasingly reinterpreted as having been unjust. The paper argues that Afrikaner identity has long been constructed as somehow ‘spoiled’ and that this affects the ways in which ex-combatants can express their memories and lived experiences of the war. Yet veterans are increasingly creating ways in which to , as remembering subjects, are nonetheless slowly finding ways to redistribute their experiences in an effort to make sense of the past.
ISSN: 1896-3307
Appears in Collections:Werkwinkel, 2009, vol. 4(1)

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