Reinventing the Politics of Cultural Recognition: The Freedom Front and the Demand for a Volkstaat

  • Aletta J. Norval


The Freedom Front (FF), the only ‘far right’ party to take part in the 1994 election and achieve parliamentary representation, occupies a politically significant position in contemporary South African politics.2 While for most commentators it is merely an unpleasant relic of the apartheid era, I will argue in this chapter that their discourse raises a series of important questions which stand at the heart of contemporary theoretical and political debate on cultural diversity and recognition, and on the constitutional forms in which they may be exercised.


Constitutional Form Local Entanglement Popular Sovereignty Common Consent Cultural Recognition 
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