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Evaluating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa.

Foster, Don
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) Social Justice Research. 19(4): 527-540.

“Here is a book rather far away from the frivolities of postmodernism,
which sets out to test hypotheses, make contributions to political science
(against the tide of the ‘‘perestroika’’ movement) and which argues that good
science should inform policy. The topic is important; a serious assessment of
the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in South Africa. Overcoming
Apartheid poses a range of theoretically informed questions, but
ultimately one big one: did the truth of the TRC contribute to reconciliation?
The answer is as large: yes, ‘‘those who are more accepting of the TRC’s
version of the truth are more likely to be reconciled’ (Excerpt).


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