Founded In    1999
Published   quarterly
Language(s)   English

Fields of Interest


Humanities and Social Sciences

ISSN   1543-1304
Publisher   Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
Editorial Board

  Andrew Offenburger, Yale University

  Rita Barnard, University of Pennsylvania
  Christopher Saunders, University of Cape Town

  Andrew Van der Vlies, University of Sheffield

  Azeem Badroodien, University of Nottingham
  Surendra Bhana, University of Kansas
  Derek Catsam, University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  Greg Cuthbertson, University of South Africa
  Leigh Anne Duck, University of Memphis
  Norman Etherington, University of Western Australia
  George M. Fredrickson, Stanford University
  Christopher J. Lee, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  Alex Lichtenstein, Florida International University
  Peter Limb, Michigan State University
  Sabine Marschall, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  Lesley Marx, University of Cape Town
  Pearl McHaney, Georgia State University
  David Chioni Moore, Macalester College
  Peter Rachleff, Macalester College
  Renée Schatteman, Georgia State University
  Robert C.-H. Shell, University of the Western Cape
  Sandy Shell, University of Cape Town
  Keyan Tomaselli, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  Luvuyo Wotshela, University of Fort Hare

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Mailing Address

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New Haven, CT 06520
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Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies


Safundi -- "S" represents "South Africa," "a" stands for "America," and "fundi" comes from the Xhosa verb, "-funda," which translates as "to read/learn."

Safundi is an online community of scholars, professionals, and others interested in comparing and contrasting the United States of America with the Republic of South Africa.

Our journal, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, is the centerpiece of our online community. We believe that analyzing the two countries in a comparative and transnational context enhances our perspective on each, individually. While new comparative research is the focus of the journal, we also publish articles specifically addressing one country, provided the articles are of interest to the comparative scholar. Furthermore, our subject matter is as permeable as any country's border: we will consider research addressing other colonial and postcolonial states in Southern Africa and North America.

Articles that Safundi publishes are academic in nature. Research papers are reviewed as they are submitted. Scholarly essays are welcomed. Any topic may be addressed. We hope to provide our readers with a diverse and insightful collection of articles in each issue.

We publish on a quarterly basis. Our journal is peer-reviewed. Submissions are vetted by the editors-in-chief and the editorial board before they are accepted for publication.

The views expressed in the articles are those of the authors and not of the editors or of Safundi itself.


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George Fredrickson's White Supremacy , Issue 21

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of George Fredrickson’s White Supremacy, Safundi’s twenty-first issue examines how White Supremacy was developed, written, and published, and how it has been received, from the early 1980s to today.

Safundi and White Supremacy: An Introduction to Issue 21

The author writes on how George Fredrickson's White Supremacy indirectly influenced the development of Safundi. He then gives a brief biography of Fredrickson and introduces the articles in this special issue.

Reflections on the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Publication of White Supremacy

The author recounts the development of his interest in comparing U.S. and South African histories, and how a preliminary conference presentation in 1972 eventually expanded to become White Supremacy: A Comparative Study of American and South African History (1981). He addresses criticisms of the work and concludes with thoughts on the state of comparative studies today.

Beyond White Supremacy: Some Reflections

The author recalls how he first became interested in American studies and comparisons in 1967, and how, twelve years later, he attended a conference (as did George Fredrickson) comparing the U.S. and South African frontiers. The author then weighs the merits of White Supremacy and Black Liberation individually, and writes that "[w]hat is needed now is for someone to bring the two stories together and to write a fully comparative study of both processes in both countries."

Editing and Publishing The Frontier in History with Leonard Thompson, 1971-1981

The author, who edited The Frontier in History: North America and Southern Africa Compared (1981) with the late Leonard Thompson, tells how he first met Thompson and later organized with him a series of graduate student seminars comparing the North American and southern African frontiers. He then discusses the publication of their book, which appeared the same year as George Fredrickson's White Supremacy, and how their work (together with Fredrickson's research) has influenced comparative frontier studies today.

Identity, State, and Capitalist Development: Looking Back on the Comparative Study of South Africa

The author offers a brief discussion of George Fredrickson�s White Supremacy with a focus on its methodological and theoretical foundations. He next examines Stanley Greenberg's Race and State in Capitalist Development. The author then attempts to draw some lessons from these past works regarding present challenges and the future prospects of comparative studies.

George M. Fredrickson and Comparative Approaches to the Study of the United States and South Africa: Personal Reflections

The author explains the connection between his own experiences with white supremacy in the American South and his comparative approach to research and scholarship on the United States and South Africa. Second, he highlights George Fredrickson's contributions to a couple of major comparative studies of race relations in the United States and South Africa. Third, he identifies what might be considered weaknesses in Fredrickson's studies. Finally, he discusses what religious scholars and liberation theologians can learn from Fredrickson's works in comparative history, despite their limitations.

The Comparative Imagination: George Fredrickson and New Directions in Comparative and Transnational History

The author briefly discusses George Fredrickson's White Supremacy, followed by an investigation of how Fredrickson's research has cast a significant shadow on some of the most vibrant trends in recent scholarship, including transnational studies and even a particular strand of works on diplomatic and international history.

Other Issues

July 2013, Volume 14, Number 3
April 2007, Volume 8, Number 2
January 2007, Volume 8, Number 1
Deterritorializing American Culture, 23
Safundi Issue 22, Issue 22
October 2005, Issue 20
July 2005, Issue 19
April 2005, Issue 18
January 2005, Issue 17
October 2004, Issue 16
July 2004, Issue 15
April 2004, Issue 13-14
October 2003, Issue 12
July 2003, Issue 11
April 2003, Issue 10
May 2002, Issue 09
February 2002, Issue 08
November 2001, Issue 07
July 2001, Issue 06
April 2001, Issue 05
January 2001, Issue 04
October 2000, Issue 03
July 2000, Issue 02