Women and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa
Fiona Ross's fascinating study of the process of bearing witness is the first book to examine the gendered dimensions of this topic from an anthropological and ethnographic viewpoint. Taking as a key example the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, Ross explores women's relationships to testimony, particularly the extent to which women avoid talking about or are silent about certain forms of violence and suffering.
Offering a wealth of first hand examples, Ross approaches a more subtle understanding of the achievements and the limitations of testimony as a measure of suffering and recovery generally. Is it, she asks, the panacea it is usually seen as? Or do conventional discourses on human rights, suffering and reconciliation oversimplify an altogether more complex and problematic process?
Fiona C. Ross is Professor of Anthropology and AW Mellon Research Chair at the University of Cape Town. In addition to her work on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, she has engaged in research in an urban shantytown on Cape Town's periphery. She is the author of Bearing Witness: Women and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa (Pluto, 2002).
1. Making The Subject
2. Testimonial Practices
3. The Self In Extremity
4. Narrative Threads
5. Considerations Of Harm
6. In Pursuit Of The Ordinary
Appendix A: South African Security Laws
Appendix B: Detention Data
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