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Bearing Witness : Women and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa

Bearing Witness : Women and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa - 03 edition

Bearing Witness : Women and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780745318912

ISBN10: 0745318916

Bearing Witness : Women and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa by Fiona C. Ross - ISBN 9780745318912
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Pluto Press
Published:
International: No
Bearing Witness : Women and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa by Fiona C. Ross - ISBN 9780745318912

ISBN13: 9780745318912

ISBN10: 0745318916

Edition: 03

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Summary

In recent years, as states democratise and people struggle to reorganise social life in the aftermath of political violence, truth commissions have become important mechanisms for shaping institutional responses and reforms. In seeking to establish the truth of past violence, people who experience terror and violence are often called as witnesses after the event. In cases where violence is inflicted by the state upon its own people, the process of bearing witness is both politically complex and traumatic for the individuals involved. Fiona Ross''s fascinating study of the process of bearing witness is the first to examine the gendered dimensions of this topic from an anthropological and ethnographic viewpoint. Following the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, she explores how its emphasis on apartheid''s spectacular dimensions had the effect of silencing and eliding women''s political activities and their efforts to create social worlds in conditions of terrible constraint, framing women as victims instead. The book offers a subtle understanding of the achievements and limitations of testimony and human rights discourse as measures of suffering and recovery.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Making The Subject
2. Testimonial Practices
3. The Self In Extremity
4. Narrative Threads
5. Considerations Of Harm
6. In Pursuit Of The Ordinary
7. Epilogue
Appendix A: South African Security Laws
Appendix B: Detention Data
References
Index