Transforming Societies after Political Violence (inbunden)
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2009 ed.
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
1 black & white tables 2 black & white illustrations 2 black & white line drawings
1 Tables, black and white; 2 Illustrations, black and white; VIII, 249 p. 2 illus.
234 x 156 x 16 mm
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Transforming Societies after Political Violence (inbunden)

Transforming Societies after Political Violence

Truth, Reconciliation, and Mental Health

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Paraphrasing Descartes, we may say that one method is to take the reader into your conf idence by explaining to him how you arrived at your discovery; the other is to bully him into accepting a conclusion by parading a series of propositions which he must accept and which lead to it. The first method allows the reader to re-think your own thoughts in their natural order. It is an autobiographical style. Writing in this style, you include, not what you had for breakfast on the day of your discovery, but any significant consideration which helped you arrive at your idea. In particular, you say what your aim was - what problems you were trying to solve and what you hoped from a solution of them. The other style suppresses all this. It is didactic and intimidating. J. W. N. Watkins, Confession is Good for Ideas (Watkins, 1963, pp. 667-668) I began writing this book over 12 years ago. It was started in the midst of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). It is an exploration of what I have learned from the process. During the TRC, I was working at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in South Africa, primarily with people who testified before the Commission, but also on a range of research and policy initiatives in the area that is now called 'transitional justice'. I have written about the TRC process extensively.
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From the reviews: "Hamber brings an acute clinical sensibility and sophisticated research mind to a complex problem: state handling of reconciliation after a catastrophic upheaval. ... his main focus in this book is the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) process. ... a must read for any psychologist working with trauma survivors, especially postconflict trauma survivors. It calls upon a rich literature-from psychoanalysis ... to trial transcripts of commissions; it integrates all these sources to provide a truly unique contribution to the psychology of trauma." (Don Dutton, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 54 (47/3), November, 2009)

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Brandon Hamber, Ph.D. was born in South Africa and currently works in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was trained as a clinical psychologist in South Africa and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Ulster. He is the Director of INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute), an associate site of the United Nations University based at the University of Ulster. He coordinated the Transition and Reconciliation Unit at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. He works mainly in the area of violence and trauma, and coordinated the Centre's project focusing on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


Looking Back, Moving Forward.- Miracles, Trauma and the Truth Commission.- A Tidal Wave of Emotion.- A Place for Healing.- Ambivalence and Closure.- Reparations and Paying for the Past.- Doing Justice.- Assessing Truth and Reconciliation.- Truth Telling and Violence Prevention.- Transforming Transitional Societies.