In The Balance: South Africans Debate Reconciliation

Posted on June 28, 2010. Filed under: Publications, Reconciliation |

Heads up! In the next few weeks, look out for a new book edited by IJR Executive Director Fanie du Toit and Senior Research Fellow Erik Doxtader– soon to be on book shelves (not to mention, in soccer stadiums, coffee bars, taxi ranks… you get the idea!) around the country.

In the Balance: South Africans Debate Reconciliation features new analysis of the current state of reconciliation in South Africa, by leading thinkers and activists from civil society, politics, the academy and the media. Here’s the official blurb…

In the Balance opens a space for critical and imaginative reflection on the contested legacy,  contemporary meanings, and future possibilities of reconciliation in South Africa. With essays from a diverse and leading set of commentators, the title aims to move beyond current thinking about reconciliation.

Presenting the good news with the bad, the staunch advocates of reconciliation along with its  sharpest critics, this book seeks to provide individuals, citizens and the public with ideas about how and why they might wish to undertake their own discussions and deliberations about the meaning and value of reconciliation.

Want to be the first in your dorpie with a copy? Download the In the Balance order form and or click here for more information from Jacana publishers. And book launch details coming soon!

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3 Responses to “In The Balance: South Africans Debate Reconciliation”

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Congratulations to IJR! Hopefully South Africa moves from debate to dialogue in the near future.

Njabulo Ndebele’s “Arriving home? …” underlines vividly the urgent need to eventually stop prolonging the transitional era and renews the call to start embarking onto `laying foundations for a post-reconciliation South Africa. Indeed:`Ke Nako! – It’s time!´

There is a strange thing. The other night I listened to a young man who was a victim in one of apartheid’s show trials – ending up at Robben Island for his efforts. He was asked a question by the radio interveiwer on the question of reconciliation and he gave the standard Mandela/Tutu – inspired reply. I was struck by his answer and felt, for the first time, that a different sort of reply was called for. Since i never about your essay contributions on this subject, would you still allow me to forward you my own ideas, although the book has probably been printed by now? MP Giyose Port Alfred 07 October 2010


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