Reconciliation Discourse

The case of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Annelies Verdoolaege | Ghent University
ISBN 9789027227188 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027291615 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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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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Reconciliation Discourse 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.”
“Annelies Verdoolaege's book-length critical discourse analysis of the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Human Rights Violations (HRV) hearings is a welcome contribution to the extensive bibliography on the truth commission and reconciliation; it provides important new perspectives on the hearings and enriches our understandings of the relationship between discourse and reconciliation.”
“I endorse the view that Verdoolaege’s study unpacked aspects of the TRC that scholars and researchers neglected to evaluate. As a consequence of Verdoolaege’s invaluable research outcomes, our understanding and perspective of the TRC process has been deepened and enhanced. Verdoolaege’s book is an important critical text for everyone in the social sciences and humanities, particularly for those in the specific field of language and linguistic studies.”
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