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With faith in the works of words : the beginnings of reconciliation in South Africa, 1985-1995 /
Erik Doxtader.
imprint
East Lansing : Michigan State University Press ; Cape Town [South Africa] : David Philip Publishers, [2009]
description
xiv, 368 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0870138510 (pbk : alk. paper), 9780870138515 (pbk : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
East Lansing : Michigan State University Press ; Cape Town [South Africa] : David Philip Publishers, [2009]
isbn
0870138510 (pbk : alk. paper)
9780870138515 (pbk : alk. paper)
general note
First published: Claremont, South Africa : David Philip Publishers, 2008.
catalogue key
7390871
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-12-01:
In this timely and important history of the rhetorical power of reconciliation, Doxtader (rhetoric, Univ. of South Carolina) offers an outstanding analysis of the debate leading to the adoption, implementation, and activity of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of South Africa. Challenging numerous common assumptions about the discourse and dynamics of reconciliation in South Africa, the volume demonstrates that reconciliation shaped South African nation-building long before the TRC was given the mission to reunite a deeply divided society. With the help of numerous understudied documents--including statements from religious communities that supported or opposed separate development, debates in Parliament, arguments presented to South African courts, and transcripts of official and unofficial constitutional negotiations meant to turn the former apartheid dominated country into a nonracial democracy--Doxtader examines the role reconciliation has played in the South African transition. Using diachronic and synchronic readings of texts, the book teases out the fundamental role that reconciliation has played in bringing South African communities together and bridging the divide separating victims from victimizers. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. L. Stan St. Francis Xavier University
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With Faith in the Works of Words is the first book to look behind the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and examine reconciliation's larger and fundamental role in the transition from apartheid to nonracial democracy. In doing so, it finds that there have been many beginnings of reconciliation in South Africa. Based on documents that have received little public attention, including controversial texts from the religious community and fascinating transcripts from South Africa's constitutional negotiations, the book reveals how reconciliation was used to energize the struggle against apartheid and the ways in which it underwrote the negotiated revolution, including the development of a constitution whose very promise was pegged to the willingness of South Africans to pursue the work of "reconciliation and reconstruction." With Faith in the Works of Words challenges many common assumptions about the discourse and dynamics of reconciliation in South Africa. An important history of reconciliation’s rhetorical power, this book shows how reconciliation shaped the process of South African nation-building long before the TRC took to the stage and captured the world's imagination.

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