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The Impossible Machine: A Genealogy of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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Adam Sitze meticulously traces the origins of South Africaand#8217;s Truth and Reconciliation Commission back to two well-established instruments of colonial and imperial governance: the jurisprudence of indemnity and the commission of inquiry. This genealogy provides a fresh, though counterintuitive, understanding of the TRCand#8217;s legal, political, and cultural importance. The TRCand#8217;s genius, Sitze contends, is not the substitution of and#8220;forgivingand#8221; restorative justice for and#8220;strictand#8221; legal justice but rather the innovative adaptation of colonial law, sovereignty, and government. However, this also contains a potential liability: if the TRCand#8217;s origins are forgotten, the very enterprise intended to overturn the jurisprudence of colonial rule may perpetuate it. In sum, Sitze proposes a provocative new means by which South Africaand#8217;s Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be understood and evaluated.

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A fresh, though counterintuitive, understanding of South Africaand#8217;s Truth and Reconciliation Commissionand#8217;s legal, political, and cultural heritage

About the Author

Adam Sitze is Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College.

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ISBN:
9780472118755
Author:
Sitze, Adam
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Subject:
South Africa
Subject:
Law-Mediation and Arbitration
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 illustration
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Africa » South Africa
History and Social Science » Law » Mediation and Arbitration
History and Social Science » Politics » Human Rights
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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