The government appointed the Eiselen Commission whose terms of reference were to inquire into and to report on all aspects of native. Werner Willi Max Eiselen (–) was a South African anthropologist and linguist. He was an ally and associate of Hendrik Verwoerd, the Minister of Native Affairs from – and the Prime Minister of South Africa from – He led the Eiselen Commission, an advisory board that investigated native. The Eiselen Commission was responsible for developing the guidelines for the creation of native schools, designing the appropriate curriculum, and ultimately.

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The impact of Bantu Education can be seen as being felt most deeply almost a decade after its implementation, when students began to rise in revolt and these rebellions led to the formation of political organizations such as Black Consciousness.

Eiselen confirmed his contribution to theory and policy towards the end of his career when he stated that: Instead, what the eiselrn government devised was a curriculum that would mold the black population into future laborers of the white country. The roots and development of volkekunde in South Africa.

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What also harmed Bantu students were the teachers and their own poor understanding of English. Historians are usually trapped in a stance in which they fail to acknowledge the personal motives or circumstances comnission prominent historical figures within the context that shaped their intellectual, political and social development.

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My attempt to understand the ideology underlying Eiselen’s academic stance eisleen convictions is based on his interpretation of the ethnos theory. Most of the people recruited to study “volkekunde” were poor whites.


Overall, the commission would design an education curriculum that would allow blacks enough knowledge of English and Afrikaans to suit the needs of commision white employers but never enough to be a threat and would train them in manual skills for their futures in such appropriate fields. For Eiselen, the benefit of racial domination or separateness of groups based on racial prejudice was of secondary importance when compared to preserving ethnic diversity amongst the Bantu speaking people.

Their discipline was called “volkekunde” Gordon, Sorry, but copying text is eiwelen on this website. In this article, I examine the genealogy of Dr Eiselen’s personal ideological background by looking at the pronouncements he made during various time periods and their social effects.

The Development and Impact of the Apartheid Curriculum – Apartheid Transition

Eiselen’s books and works were commonly cited by the National Party and pro-apartheid South Africans, and he is sometimes referred to as an “intellectual architect” of the system. Human Sciences Research Council. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Under fommission direction of the white elite, the goal of native education in South Africa was to impart a white supremacist ideology. The establishment of these authorities was in accordance with the resolution taken already in by the executive council of the Afrikaner Broederbond that different tribes be settled in separate areas, and that over time these would attain a certain degree of self-government under the supervision of the Native Affairs Department.

A Centennial Reader 1. The different official and overlapping portfolios that Eiselen fulfilled helped him coordinate the formulation of Afrikaner opinion which locked him into an Afrikanerdom encampment. The Commissioners believed that all aspects of Bantu education should be controlled and coordinated by the state. The second type of sovereignty is commiswion Kuyper call the “sphere of spheres” sovereignty of the state which embraces the whole extent of human life.


W.W.M. Eiselen | South African anthropologist |

The formulation of the principles and aims of education for natives as an “independent race”, in which their past and present, their inherent racial qualities, their distinctive characteristics and aptitude, and their needs under the ever-changing social conditions are taken into consideration.

This fact makes his claim for not being in favour of racial discrimination questionable and should therefore be understood in the context of ideological factors that influenced his thinking during various periods. Foucault’s genealogical analysis overlooks the spectacular commission preserves the singularity of events by favouring what is discredited and neglected.

Journal of Racial Affairs, 17 2: In the same year, the Group Areas Act enforced residential segregation through home expropriations and massive forced removals into selected areas Eiselen was not in total agreement with the segregationist ideology long before it could be legislated. These authorities had no real authority and were predominantly advisory bodies Horrel, Dr Eiselen compiled a document known as the Eiselen Report. Both Afrikaans and English ethnologists in South Africa were required to study some of the German classics at one time or another.

The genealogy of Afrikaner anthropology. On one hand there is the policy of equality Culture eiseelen be restricted to specific racial groupings and should take into consideration universal phenomenon applicable to the whole human being.

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