Case pending : practices of inclusion and exclusion in a class of plaintiffs

Kesselring, Rita. (2015) Case pending : practices of inclusion and exclusion in a class of plaintiffs. Anthropology Southern Africa, 38 (1-2). pp. 16-28.

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Apartheid victims have had a difficult standing in South Africa in the years that followed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). In the government's perspective, the TRC had conclusively dealt with apartheid victimhood. Consequently, when victims turned to US courts in the early 2000s to sue multinational companies for their role in the perpetration of apartheidera crimes, they faced everything from scepticism to hostility. From a different perspective, many scholars shared this scepticism, fearing the individualising power of the law. But contrary to the TRC, these apartheid litigations, as class actions, offer individual victims the chance to make their claims collectively. With the help of the extended case method, this article shows how both victims and courts struggle with the difficult relationship between structural reasons, collective action and individually experienced harm. I enquire into the logics of the law as produced in courts and into lived experience of apartheid-era victimhood in today's South Africa and suggest a refinement of theories of legalisation.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Visuelle und politische Ethnologie (Förster)
UniBasel Contributors:Kesselring, Rita
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Scientific Publ. Services
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:07 Aug 2015 12:06

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