In the Balance: South Africans Debate Reconciliation

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Jacana Media, 2010 - History - 178 pages
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Direct and sometimes heated, these essays from prominent South African leaders consider the success of justice and reconciliation in the years since the end of apartheid. Presenting both the good and bad news, the contributors move beyond current thinking to discuss both practical and visionary ways to confront a contested legacy, take stock of social changes, and define future possibilities for reconciliation in South Africa.

 

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Contents

we have to dialogue
8
The need for forgiveness and reconciliation
27
Arriving home? South Africa beyond transition
55
Truth reconciliation and women in South Africa
74
Reconciliation and the land question
85
Reconciliation in the shadow of 100 Zulu Boy
101
One happy family
118
a call to reparative humanism
133
Melanie Klein and reparation
148
a thing that wont go away
160
Further reading
177
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About the author (2010)

Fanie du Toit is the executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. He regularly contributes to media debates, both in print and on radio and television. Erik Doxtader is a professor of rhetoric at the University of South Carolina and a senior research fellow at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town. He has written and edited a number of books and essays on the history and dynamics of reconciliation in South Africa. He splits his time between Columbia, South Carolina and Cape Town, South Africa.

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