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Narrating Political Reconciliation South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Claire Moon

Narrating Political Reconciliation South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission


Narrating Political Reconciliation South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Claire Moon

Narrating Political Reconciliation advances a distinctive discourse analysis of South Africa's reconciliation process by enquiring into the politics of the following: writing national history, confessional, and testimonial styles of truth, and reconciliation as theology and therapy. Moon argues that the TRC was the catalyst for, and shaped the parameters of, what is now powerful 'reconciliation industry,' and her insights provide a theoretical framework through which to think and problematise the politics of transitional justice in post-conflict and democratizing states more generally.


Narrating Political Reconciliation is an outstanding book. It presents a sharp analysis that cuts right through the usual platitudes that populate so much of the literature in transitional justice. Narrating Political Reconciliation promises to become an important reference point for those theoretically and politically engaged in the field. It is thoughtful, intelligent and engaging, and renews the tradition of critical thinking. -- Emilios Christodoulidis, University of Glasgow ...offers a much-needed sobering account of the TRC... Moreover it demonstrates how reconciliation is a thorough political practice rather than a purely moral or normative endeavor. International Journal Of Transitional Justice The report of the South African TRC is one of the great moral texts of the Twentieth Century. The TRC quest for truth, justice and reconciliation in South Africa's extraordinary transition to democracy is a template for analyzing and evaluating the political morality of other post-conflict and democratizing societies. Claire Moon's valuable book goes even beyond these debates. Her application of critical thinking to the study of the post-apartheid discourse and 'industry
of reconciliation

- its construction of 'victims
and its re

-writing of history - is persistent, sceptical, but never cynical. -- Stanley Cohen, London School of Economics and Political Science Narrating Political Reconciliation delivers what the title promises: a narration of the formation of the main ideological and political foundations of the TRC, as well as of the manner in which the TRC went about its ambitious aim of creating a reconciled nation. The International Journal Of Transitional Justice, Winter, 2009 Recommended. CHOICE

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Claire Moon is lecturer in the sociology of human rights at London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Publication date

16th July 2009


Claire Moon

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Lexington Books


188 pages


African history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Human rights



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