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Overcoming Apartheid
Can Truth Reconcile a Divided Nation
James L Gibson
234mm X 158mm | 484pp. | R190.00 | 0-7969-2071-0 | 2004

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With the work of South Africas Truth and Reconciliation Commission complete, James L. Gibson sets out to test one of its key premises, namely, that truth can facilitate reconciliation and help a nation both to deal with its painful past and to move on to a more democratic future. Drawing on one of the largest and most comprehensive surveys of post-apartheid attitudes to date, and employing innovative conceptual and methodological tools, Gibsons sophisticated and subtle analysis offers both encouraging and disheartening insights into the success of the truth and reconciliation process, and provides clear signposts for those involved in taking it further. This is a groundbreaking work of social science research and a major contribution to the literature on transitional justice and conflict resolution.

About the Author
Preface and Acknowledgments

CHAPTER 1 Does Truth Lead to Reconciliation?

CHAPTER 2 Apartheids Legacy in Contemporary South Africa: Experiences, Attributes, and Attitudes of the Sample

CHAPTER 3 South African Collective Memories

CHAPTER 4 Interracial Reconciliation

CHAPTER 5 Truth, Reconciliation, and the Creation of a Human Rights Culture

CHAPTER 6 Tolerance: The Minimalist View of Reconciliation

CHAPTER 7 Judging the Fairness of Amnesty

CHAPTER 8 The Legitimacy of the Political Institutions of the New South Africa

CHAPTER 9 Lessons for South Africas Future and for the World

Appendix A: The Design of the Survey
Appendix B: The Questionnaire


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