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Justice and Reconciliation in Post-Apartheid South Africa

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François du Bois, Antje du Bois-Pedain, Emilios Christodoulidis, Scott Veitch, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Volker Nerlich, Theunis Roux, Jaco Barnard-Naudé, Stéphane Leman-Langlois, Clifford Shearing, James L. Gibson, Carrol Clarkson
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  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521882057


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  • Justice and Reconciliation in Post-Apartheid South Africa assesses the transitional processes under way since the early 1990s to create a stable and just society. Change in South Africa is often credited to the efforts of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), but the work of this institution forms but a facet of a much broader picture. This book looks at the steps which accompanied and followed the TRC's activities, such as land restitution, institutional reforms and social and cultural initiatives. Thematically, it interlinks the TRC's concerns over truth and reconciliation with an analysis of the concepts of justice, accountability, harm and reconciliation and with competing perceptions of what these notions entail in the South African context. Bringing together international and South African scholars whose work has focused on these themes, the contributions provide a cohesive and inspiring analysis of South Africa's response to its unjust past.

    • Contributors' backgrounds permits the reader to gain an insight into political, cultural and material aspects of ongoing transformation
    • Considers the extent to which South Africa has succeeded in overcoming apartheid's legacy, thus informing debates on how to secure justice in political transitions
    • Offers in-depth analyses of different aspects of South Africa's transition, with a concluding chapter to pull the various strands of analysis and the different perspectives offered by the contributors together
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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521882057
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction François du Bois and Antje du Bois-Pedain
    1. Reconciliation as surrender: configurations of responsibility and memory Emilios Christodoulidis and Scott Veitch
    2. Radical forgiveness: transforming traumatic memory beyond Hannah Arendt Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
    3. Communicating criminal and political responsibility in the TRC process Antje du Bois-Pedain
    4. The contribution of criminal justice Volker Nerlich
    5. Reparation and the forms of justice François du Bois
    6. Land restitution and reconciliation in South Africa Theunis Roux
    7. For justice and reconciliation to come: big business, the TRC and the demand for material reparation in South Africa Jaco Barnard-Naudé
    8. Transition, forgiveness and citizenship: the TRC and the social construction of forgiveness Stéphane Leman-Langlois and Clifford Shearing
    9. The evolving legitimacy of the South African constitutional court James L. Gibson
    10. Justice and the art of reconciliation Carrol Clarkson
    11. Post-conflict justice and the reconciliatory paradigm: the South African experience François du Bois and Antje du Bois-Pedain.

  • Editors

    François du Bois, University of Nottingham
    François du Bois is an associate professor and reader in private law at the University of Nottingham.

    Antje du Bois-Pedain, University of Cambridge
    Antje du Bois-Pedain is a lecturer in law at the University of Cambridge.


    François du Bois, Antje du Bois-Pedain, Emilios Christodoulidis, Scott Veitch, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Volker Nerlich, Theunis Roux, Jaco Barnard-Naudé, Stéphane Leman-Langlois, Clifford Shearing, James L. Gibson, Carrol Clarkson

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