How Good People Become Absurd: J.P. van S. Bruwer, the Making of Namibian Grand Apartheid and the Decline of Volkekunde

  title={How Good People Become Absurd: J.P. van S. Bruwer, the Making of Namibian Grand Apartheid and the Decline of Volkekunde},
  author={Robert J. Gordon},
  journal={Journal of Southern African Studies},
  pages={113 - 97}
  • R. Gordon
  • Published 2 January 2018
  • History
  • Journal of Southern African Studies
Perhaps the most co-ordinated and dramatic single attempt to impose ‘Grand Apartheid’ in southern Africa was the implementation of the Odendaal Commission recommendations in South West Africa. In this exercise, the role of the social anthropologist J.P. van S. Bruwer was crucial. His expertise was deployed not only in formulating the framework of the recommendations but also in its initial implementation. It was also used to try to convince an increasingly sceptical international audience, most… 

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