The politics of truth and reconciliation in South Africa : legitimizing the post-apartheid state

Richard A. Wilson

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.

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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.

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[目次]

  • List of acronyms and glossary
  • Maps
  • Preface and acknowledgements
  • 1. Human rights and nation-building
  • Part I. Human Rights and Truth: 2. Technologies of truth: the TRC's truth-making machine
  • 3. The politics of truth and human rights
  • Part II. Reconciliation
  • Retribution and Revenge: 4. Reconciliation through truth?
  • 5. Reconciliation in society: religious values and procedural pragmatism
  • 6. Vengeance, revenge and retribution
  • 7. Reconciliation with a vengeance
  • 8. Conclusions: human rights, reconciliation and retribution
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index.

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[目次]

  • List of acronyms and glossary
  • Maps
  • Preface and acknowledgements
  • 1. Human rights and nation-building
  • Part I. Human Rights and Truth: 2. Technologies of truth: the TRC's truth-making machine
  • 3. The politics of truth and human rights
  • Part II. Reconciliation
  • Retribution and Revenge: 4. Reconciliation through truth?
  • 5. Reconciliation in society: religious values and procedural pragmatism
  • 6. Vengeance, revenge and retribution
  • 7. Reconciliation with a vengeance
  • 8. Conclusions: human rights, reconciliation and retribution
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index.

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書名 The politics of truth and reconciliation in South Africa : legitimizing the post-apartheid state
著作者等 Arup Chris
Chanock Martin
Merry Sally Engle
O'Malley Pat
Silbey Susan
Wilson Richard
Wilson Richard A.
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in law and society
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2001
ページ数 xxi, 271 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521001943
0521802199
NCID BA5268996X
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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