Ambivalence and Closure

  • Brandon Hamber
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)


It was sometime in late 1998 that I began a collaboration with anthropologist Richard A. Wilson. At that time he was researching the South African TRC and was specifically undertaking extensive anthropological fieldwork in urban African communities in Johannesburg (Wilson, 2001). He was focusing on how local communities conceptualised terms such as “justice” and how they perceived the TRC’s so-called “restorative justice” approach. Our collaboration provided an interplay between my psychological and Wilson’s more anthropological approach to dealing with the impact of political violence.


Restorative Justice Symbolic Closure Political Violence Transitional Justice Truth Commission 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.INCOREUniversity of UlsterNorthern Ireland

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