"A besieged tribe"?: Nostalgia, White cultural identity and the role of Rugby in a changing South Africa

Nauright J. (1996) "A besieged tribe"?: Nostalgia, White cultural identity and the role of Rugby in a changing South Africa. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 31 1: 69-86. doi:10.1177/101269029603100104


Author Nauright J.
Title "A besieged tribe"?: Nostalgia, White cultural identity and the role of Rugby in a changing South Africa
Journal name International Review for the Sociology of Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1012-6902
Publication date 1996-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/101269029603100104
Volume 31
Issue 1
Start page 69
End page 86
Total pages 18
Subject 3312 Sociology and Political Science
3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
Abstract South African society has been in a state of tremendous changes in recent years. These changes have been seen by many whites as a threat to their society and "way of life". South African rugby success through its national team, the Springboks, has been one of the most potent sites for the demonstration of white power and cultural identity. This paper explores actions of white rugby fans on South Africa's return to international rugby against their arch-rivals the New Zealand All Blacks in 1992 in the context of white cultural retreat into nostalgic representations of the past in resisting cultural assimilation within a black dominated new South Africa. For that moment inside the concrete bowl, it seemed like a besieged tribe had gathered to take strength in their numbers and to send, from the protected citadel, a message of defiance to their perceived persecutors. Shaun Johnson, Star, 17 August 1992. Let us, as loyal South Africans, rise in mass and shout loudly and clearly: We love our country, its flag and our national anthem, "Die Stem". We will not be forced by the ANC and its Communist associates into losing our identity. Mrs. M. Severin, Boksburg, Letter to Citizen, 20 August 1992.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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