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Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520280861

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520280861.001.0001

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The Visual Culture of White Poverty as the History of South Africa and the United States

The Visual Culture of White Poverty as the History of South Africa and the United States

Repetition, Rediscovery, Playing with Whiteness

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Waste of a White Skin
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Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520280861.003.0003

“The Visual Culture of White Poverty as the History of South Africa and the United States: Repetition, Rediscovery, Playing with Whiteness,” examines the depictions of poor whites to demonstrate how “vulnerable whiteness” and “whiteness in Africa” were deployed in theater, early cinema, political cartoons, and ethnographic photography. The chapter considers the enduring nature of representations of impoverished whites as a social and political crisis and as threat for the fit white nation. Afrikaner Nationalism produced a massive archive of visual cultural projections, including exemplars by E. G. Malherbe, Daniel Cornelis Boonzaier, J. F. W. Grosskopf, and Roger Ballen.

Keywords:   rediscovering white misery, Afrikaner Nationalism, visual culture, fit white nation, Noble Boer, E. G. Malherbe’s ethnographic photos, Daniel Cornelis Boonzaier’s political cartoons, poor whites genre plays and films, Roger Ballen’s documentary photography

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