From Apartheid to Democracy: Deliberating Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa

Author:   Katherine Elizabeth Mack
Publisher:   Pennsylvania State University Press
Volume:   11
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9780271064987


Pages:   176
Publication Date:   15 August 2016
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   Katherine Elizabeth Mack
Publisher:   Pennsylvania State University Press
Imprint:   Pennsylvania State University Press
Volume:   11
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.20cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.272kg
ISBN:  

9780271064987


ISBN 10:   0271064986
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   15 August 2016
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements Introduction: The Rhetoricity of Truth Commissions Chapter 1: Localizing Transitional Justice in South Africa Chapter 2: Ambivalent Speech, Resonant Silences Chapter 3: Contesting Accountability Chapter 4: Imagining Reconciliation Conclusion Bibliography

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In From Apartheid to Democracy, Katherine Mack takes a balanced, rhetorically nuanced approach to one of the most remarkable examples of transitional justice in the last century: the public memory activities of South Africa s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She skillfully examines both the TRC hearings rhetorical dynamics and their later representations in photography and literature. Her careful, well-written analysis persuasively demonstrates how the TRC s goal of nation-building reconciliation enabled and constrained the kinds of rhetorical acts that could be performed during the hearings, while those same contextual forces became the target of criticism and thus of rhetorical agency on the part of participants and respondents. Not only will a wide range of rhetorical critics, political theorists, and cultural historians find this a thoughtfully suggestive book, but so too will anyone interested in what Mack describes as the tight braid of cultural and political projects. Steven Mailloux, President s Professor of Rhetoric, Loyola Marymount University


From Apartheid to Democracy is, at its core, an insightful and occasionally moving study of rhetorical form. Katherine Mack's reflective, accessible, and judicious analysis of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission demonstrates how the fundamentally multitextual character of the TRC produced commendable deliberative goods despite its documented shortcomings. Each chapter closely examines the generative interplay between a specific modality of public remembrance and its pragmatic function in the prolonged search for truth and reconciliation. Mack's analysis thereby shows how multiple forms and forums of rhetorical deliberation may cumulatively assist in the difficult yet necessary work of reconciling long, painful, and often conflicting memories of violent injustice. --Bradford Vivian, Syracuse University


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Katherine Elizabeth Mack is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

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