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Booktitle:

The Invisible Corner

Essays on Violence and Memory in Post-apartheid South Africa

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2009-06-19 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-15952-3

ISBN-10:
3639159527
EAN:
9783639159523
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
The Invisible Corner offers a nuanced and profoundly insightful understanding of the complicated afterlife of apartheid state violence for its survivors in the current times. It examines how the assassination of seven young activists in Gugulethu, Cape Town in 1986 has been made into an “event”, rendered through multiple regimes of discourse and performativity and subject to the institutional framings of “truth” and “reconciliation”. The author disaggregates the event, as it is publicly represented and memorialised, from the ways that the killing continues to impact on the everyday life of their families and political community. In this way, he probes the limits of the sayable that institutional forms of memorialisation impose on survivors of state violence. Tracing the fragile cracks of recent history in which hope, despair, silence and the tenacious pursuit of dignity in contemporary South Africa remain entangled in the structural constraints of a negotiated regime change, this book offers an unparalleled insight into the ongoing challenges for justice, social repair and historical accountability. Heidi Grunebaum, University of Western Cape, South Africa.
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
Alejandro Castillejo-Cuellar
Number of pages:
296
Published at:
2009-06-19
Stock:
Available
Category:
General Social sciences
Price:
79.00 €
Keywords:
Violence, Memory, Culture, Post-conflict, Post-apartheid, South Africa, Peace studies, Conflict Studies, post-colonial, Truth Commissions, transitional justice, anthropology, History, african studies

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