Masculinities and Narrating the Past: Experiences of Researching White men who Refused to Serve in the Apartheid Army

Conway, D. (2008) Masculinities and Narrating the Past: Experiences of Researching White men who Refused to Serve in the Apartheid Army. Qualitative Research, 8 (3). pp. 347-354. ISSN 1468-7941

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468794106093631

Abstract

This article reflexively analyses the construction of identity and the representation of the past in qualitative interviews with white men who refused to serve in the apartheid-era South African Defence Force (SADF). The contribution that white male objectors made to the anti-apartheid struggle occupies an ambivalent and increasingly forgotten aspect of South African liberation history. In a reflexive research story, I argue that the gendered, sexual and raced subjectivities of the researcher and researched are central to the joint construction of meaning in the interview and in the creation of self-narratives. The article also analyses how the narratives of white men's involvement in resisting apartheid are defined by their perceived position and wider power struggles in contemporary South Africa.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: masculinities, militarisation, army research, reflexivity, interviewing, qualitative research, ethnography, South Africa, apartheid, narratives, sexuality, LGBT;
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
SWORD Depositor: repository@westminster.ac.uk
Depositing User: repository@westminster.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2016 14:56
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 11:06
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/17195

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