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Ubuntu and Common Humanity in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

  • Hanneke Stuit
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Abstract

Stuit analyses the use of ubuntu as a political discourse by the South African TRC, where it became interrelated with forgiveness as the preferred mode of interaction between victims and perpetrators in the process of reconciliation and nation-building. Stuit discusses how the meaning of ubuntu in this context revolves around a contradictory use of a notion of common humanity that is claimed to be all-inclusive but also (re)installs a new benchmark for communal and national belonging. Yet, as becomes clear from a close reading of some of Krog’s TRC-related poetry, this discursive strategy of implementing ubuntu and forgiveness also offers a place from which it becomes possible to change, or at the very least, act upon this dominant discourse from within.

Keywords

Human Dignity Humane Language Common Humanity Public Hearing National Unity 
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© The Author(s) 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hanneke Stuit
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  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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