Ordinary Springboks: white servicemen and social justice in South Africa, 1939-1961

TitleOrdinary Springboks: white servicemen and social justice in South Africa, 1939-1961
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsRoos, Neil
Abstract

"'Springbok' was a term used to describe the 200,000 white South African men who volunteered to serve during the Second World War. Volunteers developed bonds of comradeship, and rites of passage were expressed in the idiom of 'the front'. Without exception, volunteers nurtured hopes for some form of post-war 'social justice'. Neil Roos provides a fresh approach in considering comradeship and social justice ethnographically, as a way of focusing on ordinary Springboks' expectations and experiences during and after the war. As troops were demobilized, the contradictions of social justice in a colonial society were exposed.

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