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Title: Poetry as an element of the apartheid military discourse
Authors: van der Bijl, Andre 
Keywords: Poetry;Apartheid military;Pro-apartheid literature;Historical analysis
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: South African Journal of Military Studies
Source: Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, Vol 39, Nr 1, 2011, pp. 56-84. doi: 10.5787/39-1-102
Abstract: From the 1970s to the early 1990s, „struggle poetry‟ served to define elements of the struggle against apartheid. In contrast to struggle literature, which was open and clearly focussed, pro-apartheid literature was not produced in abundance and, when it appeared, was shrouded in social discourse, including historical analysis, terminology, the articulation of specific viewpoints, humour and a sense of duty. One of the longest-lasting windows into apartheid military propaganda was Peter Badcock‟s Images of war (1981), a compilation of pencil sketches and short poetic works that used simple blank verse and images of racial diversity, romance and implied tradition.2 This article presents a discourse analysis of the above-mentioned publication, using both Foucault-infused thoughts3 and a critical discourse analysis methodology developed by Fairclough.4 It provides insight into how the apparatus of a state can gain popular support for sociologically unacceptable practices. Understanding the latter contributes to an understanding of power relations and ideological processes that underlie text and rhetoric.
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