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Axing the Rainbow : does Fallism Reconfigure Post-apartheid Nationhood in South Africa?

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Turner, Irina:
Axing the Rainbow : does Fallism Reconfigure Post-apartheid Nationhood in South Africa?
In: Modern Africa : Politics, History and Society. Special Issue. Vol. 7 (2019) Issue 1 . - pp. 81-110.
ISSN 2336-3274
DOI: https://doi.org/10.26806/modafr.v7i1.244

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Today, the Rainbow Nation as the central metaphor for postapartheid South Africa falls short of serving as a unifying identification marker due to its tendency to gloss over contrasting living realities of diversified identities and ongoing systemic discrimination. The South African Fallism movements – the student-driven protests against neocolonial structures in academic institutions – spearheaded public criticism with the current state of ongoing social disparity in South Africa and revived the critique of so-called rainbowism, i.e., the belief that a colour-blind society can be created. In an application of Critical Discourse Analysis focusing on mythical metaphors, this article asks to what extent the new president Cyril Ramaphosa in his maiden State of the Nation Address projected a post-Zuma South African nation and answered to the challenges posed by Fallists.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: South Africa; national myth; Rainbow Nation; Cyril Ramaphosa; Fallism
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair African Studies I
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair African Studies I > Chair African Studies I - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gabriele Sommer
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
400 Language > 400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2019 06:36
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 06:36
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/51801