Historical process and the constitution of subjects : I.D. du Plessis and the reinvention of the "Malay"

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Merrifield, Andrew en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Nasson, Bill en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Jeppie, Shamil en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-21T13:36:35Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-21T13:36:35Z
dc.date.issued 1987 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Jeppie, S. 1987. Historical process and the constitution of subjects : I.D. du Plessis and the reinvention of the "Malay". University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/27601
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this thesis is to examine how a ruling-class actor attempted to reinvent and reconstitute an ethnic subject. Dr I.D. Du Plessis was, among other things, an Afrikaner litterateur and Commissioner of Coloured Affairs between 1930 and 1962, the period covered by this thesis. In Cape Town he applied himself to "preserve" what was known as "the malays". Although having an historical presence in Cape Town, defining the "malays" was always a problem as their very basis was in the process of being eroded as industrialisation forced social and communal changes. But the specificity of the "malays" was not an ethnic specificity with a rigid system of control and leadership, and staunchly cast against other sets of "identities" (such as Indians or "coloureds"). As chapter one shows, Du Plessis initiated the project at a conjuncture when the existence of ethnic units was presumed and the efforts to "preserve" them were profoundly political. A background to his ideological location is also discussed. From his particular location he journeyed amongst the "malays" and attempted to reinvent them as a specific ethnic unit fixed in space and time. Chapter two presents Du Plessis' model of "malay ethnicity" and its roots in history. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Muslims - South Africa - Cape Town en_ZA
dc.subject.other African Studies en_ZA
dc.title Historical process and the constitution of subjects : I.D. du Plessis and the reinvention of the "Malay" en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2018-02-20T12:05:09Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Historical Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Honours en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname BA (Hons) en_ZA
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