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dc.contributor.authorSenekal, Burgert A.
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-19T16:23:20Z
dc.date.available2016-07-19T16:23:20Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationSenekal, B. A. (2014). An ark without a flood: white South Africans' preparations for the end of white-ruled South Africa. Journal for Contemporary History, 39(2), 177-195.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn0285-2422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2415-0509 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/3408
dc.description.abstract“Doomsday prepping” has become a highly visible phenomenon in recent years following extensive media coverage on National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel. Although “preppers” currently inhabit South Africa, the run up to the 1994 election saw the white South African public “prepping” on an unprecedented scale. This article examines the origins of preparations made for this historic event, as well as measures taken by the white public to prepare themselves for every eventuality. While the rightwing in particular advocated preparing for what they believed would be a civil war, preparing was not limited to supporters of the rightwing, and a large number of white South Africans prepared for some kind of catastrophe. These possible eventualities range from possible power outages, water shortages and the disruption of food supply networks, to fears that whites would be exterminated as happened in the Belgian Congo, Mozambique and Angola and that the rightwing would start a civil war. In essence, however, prepping perhaps served a psychological function by establishing assurances in what was South Africa’s most volatile period.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherFaculty of the Humanities, University of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectSurvivalismen_ZA
dc.subjectPreppingen_ZA
dc.subjectRightwingen_ZA
dc.subjectDemocratic electionen_ZA
dc.subjectSouth Africaen_ZA
dc.titleAn ark without a flood: white South Africans' preparations for the end of white-ruled South Africaen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderFaculty of the Humanities, University of the Free Stateen_ZA


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