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The Politics of Memory and Democratization$
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Alexandra Barahona De Brito, Carmen Gonzalez Enriquez, and Paloma Aguilar

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240906

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199240906.001.0001

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Justice and Legitimacy in the South African Transition

Justice and Legitimacy in the South African Transition

(p.190) 6 Justice and Legitimacy in the South African Transition
The Politics of Memory and Democratization

Richard A. Wilson

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An examination is made of various aspects of justice and legitimacy in the transition from authoritarianism to democracy in South Africa. The major part of the chapter discusses the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The different sections of the chapter are: Introduction; Race, Nationalism, and Political Violence – a discussion of the causes of the massive levels of political violence in the recent history of South Africa; The Negotiations for a Transition; Negotiating an Amnesty; and the TRC as a Liminal Institution; and Concluding Remarks.

Keywords:   amnesty, democratization, justice, legitimacy, nationalism, negotiations, political violence, race, South Africa, transition from authoritarian rule, transitional democracy, Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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