|Title||Masculinities and Narrating the Past: Experiences of Researching White men who Refused to Serve in the Apartheid Army|
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.
|Keywords||masculinities, militarisation, army research, reflexivity, interviewing, qualitative research, ethnography, South Africa, apartheid, narratives, sexuality, LGBT|
|Journal citation||8 (3), pp. 347-354|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1177/1468794106093631|