The Other and the construction of cultural and Christian identity : the case of the Dutch Reformed Church in transition

 

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dc.contributor.advisor De Gruchy, John W en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Aaboe, Julie en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-15T07:33:36Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-15T07:33:36Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Aaboe, J. 2007. The Other and the construction of cultural and Christian identity : the case of the Dutch Reformed Church in transition. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7484
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-287). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The aim of this thesis is to explore the interaction between cultural and religious identity, and more especially, Christian identity; how they develop in relation to each other, and how they differ. This thesis takes as its, starting point the conviction that the understanding of, and the relationship to, the other, is what both develops and distinguishes Christian identity from cultural identity. In order to come to a better understanding of this complex set of relationships, the case of the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa has been examined. The role of the Dutch Reformed Church in the cultural construction of Afrikaner identity has been examined both in the formative stages of Afrikanerdom until the demise of Apartheid, and then in its more recent role in the deconstruction and reconstruction of Afrikaner identity since the transition to democracy in 1994, tracing both continuities and discontinuities between the earlier and later periods under review. Several others have been considered critical for the construction of Afrikaner identity. Finally, having considered the global upsurge of ethnic and religious fundamentalist identities and the effects of this on Afrikaner identity, the message for the future both locally in South Africa and globally is one of Christian humanism, in conjunction with a general need for global ethics, protecting and celebrating our full humanity, irrespective of race, gender, culture and religious conviction. This thesis is interdisciplinary, examining the issues both from a socio-historical viewpoint and from a theological perspective drawing, in particular, on the work of Mary Douglas and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Religious Studies en_ZA
dc.title The Other and the construction of cultural and Christian identity : the case of the Dutch Reformed Church in transition en_ZA
dc.type Doctoral Thesis
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 Religious Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Aaboe, J. (2007). <i>The Other and the construction of cultural and Christian identity : the case of the Dutch Reformed Church in transition</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Religious Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7484 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Aaboe, Julie. <i>"The Other and the construction of cultural and Christian identity : the case of the Dutch Reformed Church in transition."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Religious Studies, 2007. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7484 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Aaboe J. The Other and the construction of cultural and Christian identity : the case of the Dutch Reformed Church in transition. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Religious Studies, 2007 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7484 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Aaboe, Julie AB - The aim of this thesis is to explore the interaction between cultural and religious identity, and more especially, Christian identity; how they develop in relation to each other, and how they differ. This thesis takes as its, starting point the conviction that the understanding of, and the relationship to, the other, is what both develops and distinguishes Christian identity from cultural identity. In order to come to a better understanding of this complex set of relationships, the case of the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa has been examined. The role of the Dutch Reformed Church in the cultural construction of Afrikaner identity has been examined both in the formative stages of Afrikanerdom until the demise of Apartheid, and then in its more recent role in the deconstruction and reconstruction of Afrikaner identity since the transition to democracy in 1994, tracing both continuities and discontinuities between the earlier and later periods under review. Several others have been considered critical for the construction of Afrikaner identity. Finally, having considered the global upsurge of ethnic and religious fundamentalist identities and the effects of this on Afrikaner identity, the message for the future both locally in South Africa and globally is one of Christian humanism, in conjunction with a general need for global ethics, protecting and celebrating our full humanity, irrespective of race, gender, culture and religious conviction. This thesis is interdisciplinary, examining the issues both from a socio-historical viewpoint and from a theological perspective drawing, in particular, on the work of Mary Douglas and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. DA - 2007 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2007 T1 - The Other and the construction of cultural and Christian identity : the case of the Dutch Reformed Church in transition TI - The Other and the construction of cultural and Christian identity : the case of the Dutch Reformed Church in transition UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7484 ER - en_ZA


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