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The Resource The politics of truth and reconciliation in South Africa : legitimizing the post-apartheid state, Richard A. Wilson

The politics of truth and reconciliation in South Africa : legitimizing the post-apartheid state, Richard A. Wilson

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The politics of truth and reconciliation in South Africa : legitimizing the post-apartheid state
Title
The politics of truth and reconciliation in South Africa
Title remainder
legitimizing the post-apartheid state
Statement of responsibility
Richard A. Wilson
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was set up to deal with the human rights violations of apartheid during the years 1960-1994. However, as Wilson shows, the TRC's restorative justice approach to healing the nation did not always serve the needs of communities at a local level. Based on extended anthropological fieldwork, this book illustrates the impact of the TRC in urban African communities in Johannesburg. While a religious constituency largely embraced the commission's religious-redemptive language of reconciliation, Wilson argues that the TRC had little effect on popular ideas of justice as retribution. This provocative study deepens our understanding of post-apartheid South Africa and the use of human rights discourse. It ends on a call for more cautious and realistic expectations about what human rights institutions can achieve in democratizing countries
Cataloging source
DLC
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1964-
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Wilson, Richard
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DT1974.2
LC item number
.W55 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in law and society
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  • Reconciliation
  • South Africa
  • Apartheid
  • Post-apartheid era
  • South Africa
  • Retribution
  • South Africa
  • Afrique du Sud
  • South Africa
Label
The politics of truth and reconciliation in South Africa : legitimizing the post-apartheid state, Richard A. Wilson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 246-262) and index
Contents
Preface 1. Human rights and nation building 2. Technologies of the truth: the TRC's truth-making machine 3. The politics of truth and human rights 4. Reconciliation through truth? 5. Reconciliation in society: religious values and procedural loyalties 6. Vengeance, revenge and retribution 7. Reconciliation with a vengeance 8. Conclusions: human rights
Control code
12274491
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxi, 271 p.
Isbn
9780521802192
Lccn
2001018100
Note
Law packs 3-5 bib class law
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
The politics of truth and reconciliation in South Africa : legitimizing the post-apartheid state, Richard A. Wilson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 246-262) and index
Contents
Preface 1. Human rights and nation building 2. Technologies of the truth: the TRC's truth-making machine 3. The politics of truth and human rights 4. Reconciliation through truth? 5. Reconciliation in society: religious values and procedural loyalties 6. Vengeance, revenge and retribution 7. Reconciliation with a vengeance 8. Conclusions: human rights
Control code
12274491
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxi, 271 p.
Isbn
9780521802192
Lccn
2001018100
Note
Law packs 3-5 bib class law
Other physical details
ill., maps

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