Parodies of whiteness: Die Antwoord and the politics of race, gender, and class in South Africa

Bekker, Ian; Levon, Erez (2020). Parodies of whiteness: Die Antwoord and the politics of race, gender, and class in South Africa. Language in society, 49(1), pp. 115-147. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/s0047404519000630

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The dramatic reconfiguration of the social, political, and ideological order in South Africa since 1990/1994 has demanded a concomitant reconceptualization of (white) Afrikaner notions of self and belonging in the (new) nation. In this article, we draw on recent developments in the study of varidirectional voicing (polyphony), performance, and mediatization to examine how the South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord makes use of parody and metaparody in their music to critique emerging ‘new Afrikaner’ identities and the racial, class, and gender configurations on which they are based. We also discuss the structural limits of these critiques and the political potential of (meta)parodic performance more generally.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS)

UniBE Contributor:

Levon, Erez

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 430 German & related languages

ISSN:

0047-4045

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Erez Levon

Date Deposited:

22 Mar 2021 06:18

Last Modified:

07 Apr 2021 08:33

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/s0047404519000630

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/152282

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/152282

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