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Staging Solidarity: Truth and Reconciliation in a New South Africa (Yale Cultural Sociology)

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A researcher specializing in local and global justice issues, Goodman has worked with non-government organizations in South Africa, and explores how black and white South Africans have managed to overcome the legacy of so many years of segregation and repression and to construct a sense of social solidarity within which they live together as members of the same moral and national community. Further, she generalizes from the South Africa experience to propose a set of principles and processes by which other previously interminable conflicts might finally be terminated. She begins by setting out the historical and theoretical foundations, then discusses testimony at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the media as sympathetic interpreters, and analyzing positive audience response to the Commission's narrative. A final chapter reflects on ramifications and conclusions. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is a modern social drama that enabled the nations apartheid past to be constructed as a cultural trauma, and by doing so created a new collective narrative of diversity and inclusion. The TRC relied primarily on testimonies from victims and perpetrators of apartheid violence who came forward to tell their stories in a public forum. Rather than simply serving as data for setting the historical record straight, this book shows that it was not only the content of these testimonies but also how these stories were told and what values were attached to them that became significant. Goodman argues that the performative nature of the TRC process effectively designated the past as profane and simultaneously imagined a sacred future community based on democratic idealism and universal solidarity.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594512858
Author:
Goodman, Tanya
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
Editor:
Alexander, Jeffrey
Editor:
Eyerman, Ron
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Reconciliation
Subject:
South Africa
Subject:
Africa - South - Republic of South Africa
Subject:
South Africa Politics and government.
Series:
Yale Cultural Sociology
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
183
Dimensions:
9.10x6.10x.80 in. .85 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is a modern social drama that enabled the nations apartheid past to be constructed as a cultural trauma, and by doing so created a new collective narrative of diversity and inclusion. The TRC relied primarily on testimonies from victims and perpetrators of apartheid violence who came forward to tell their stories in a public forum. Rather than simply serving as data for setting the historical record straight, this book shows that it was not only the content of these testimonies but also how these stories were told and what values were attached to them that became significant. Goodman argues that the performative nature of the TRC process effectively designated the past as profane and simultaneously imagined a sacred future community based on democratic idealism and universal solidarity.
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