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SubjectivityEthnographic Investigations$
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Joao Biehl, Byron Good, and Arthur Kleinman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247925

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247925.001.0001

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Violence and the Politics of Remorse

Violence and the Politics of Remorse

Lessons from South Africa

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Nancy Scheper-Hughes

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the working ethics created around the corpses of apartheid in the new South Africa. It shows that, in this context, hope comes not from principles created in the privileged contexts of Western countries, but from “cultures of terror,” also discussing the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which is meant to become the fabric of a new social contract and the basis for building a new citizen. Suffering and therapeutic practices are also studied.

Keywords:   working ethics, South Africa, cultures of terror, Truth and Reconciliation, social contract, new citizen, suffering, therapeutic practices

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