Reconciliation Discourse: The case of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
John Benjamins Publishing, Feb 6, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 238 pages
This volume is a research monograph analysing the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) from an ethnographic/linguistic point of view. The central proposition of this book is that the TRC can be regarded as a mechanism that leads to the hegemony of specific discourses, thus excercising power. The analysis illustrates how, through a certain type of reconciliation discourse constructed at the TRC hearings, a reconciliation-oriented reality took shape in post-TRC South Africa. Basically, the study points to the long-term implications a truth commission can exert on a traumatised post-conflict society. The book is unique on several levels: TRC discourse is explored in-depth on the basis of personal stories from TRC testifiers; a combination of Poststructuralist and Critical Discourse Analysis approaches form the theoretical foundations; and an extensive bibliography provides an impressive database of TRC publications.
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5 Layering and HRV discour
6 Reconciliation discourse truth and society
62 A multilayered reconciliation discourse in South African reality
7 Exercising power through discourse
8 Towards a conclusion
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