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No Reconciliation without Redress: Articulating political demands in post-transitional South Africa

Norval, AJ (2009) 'No Reconciliation without Redress: Articulating political demands in post-transitional South Africa.' Critical Discourse Studies, 6 (4). pp. 311-321. ISSN 1740-5904

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Abstract

This article investigates the articulation of political demands by Khulumani, a South African a victim support group. The analysis of their demands is situated in the context of their response to the shortcomings of the TRC and the failures of the South African government to live up to their promises and commitments on reparation for victims of gross human rights abuses under apartheid. The article draws on a post-structuralist approach to discourse analysis, in particular on the work of Laclau and Ranci�re, to analyse the processes through which demands appear on the political stage and are articulated in response to other political projects. Concretely it traces out the change from a discourse of ?reconciliation? to one of ?redress?, showing how the latter opens up a new horizon of political imagination and action.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: TRC; Khulumani; reconciliation; redress; discourse;political demands; post-apartheid; post-structuralism; articulation; Laclau
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2012 21:43
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:38
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3501

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