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Experiences of violence and the formation of the political : embodied memory and victimhood in South Africa

Kesselring, Rita. (2015) Experiences of violence and the formation of the political : embodied memory and victimhood in South Africa. In: The politics of governance. New York, pp. 151-179.

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Abstract

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a form of governance that has had effects on lived apartheid-era victimhood. Mandated to look into the apartheid past and facilitate a way forward for the post-apartheid society, the institution generated a dominant discourse on victimhood. As a consequence, victims since have to relate their experiences of violence to this discourse if they want to be politically effective. The contribution shows that embodied knowledge of experienced harm is the source of any political articulation. It therefore suggests a phenomenological perspective on how people relate their personhood to attempts of governance.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Ethnologie > Visuelle und politische Ethnologie (Förster)
UniBasel Contributors:Kesselring, Rita
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:978-1-138-02145-7 (hbk) ; 1-138-02145-8 (hbk)
Series Name:Conceptualising comparative politics
Issue Number:3
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
Language:English
Last Modified:04 Apr 2018 11:59
Deposited On:08 May 2015 08:45

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