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The Social Psychology of Intergroup Reconciliation$
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Arie Nadler, Thomas Malloy, and Jeffrey D. Fisher

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300314

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300314.001.0001

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Transforming Trauma in the Aftermath of Gross Human Rights Abuses: Making Public Spaces Intimate Through the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Transforming Trauma in the Aftermath of Gross Human Rights Abuses: Making Public Spaces Intimate Through the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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(p.57) Chapter 3 Transforming Trauma in the Aftermath of Gross Human Rights Abuses: Making Public Spaces Intimate Through the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
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The Social Psychology of Intergroup Reconciliation
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Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300314.003.0004

This chapter draws on examples from South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to explore the special moments that were created by the TRC, which opened up the possibility of transformation of relationships between victims and perpetrators, and the impact of these encounters in the broader South African story of racial division and intergroup hatred between blacks as the oppressed group, and whites as beneficiaries of apartheid. It argues that when perpetrators express remorse they validate the victims' pains and give them back their uniqueness and that forgiveness, and not forgetting, is a healthy response that allows the parties to move on.

Keywords:   South Africa, forgiveness, apology, reconciliation, apartheid, TRC

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