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