Overcoming Historical Injustices: Land Reconciliation in South Africa

Overcoming Historical Injustices: Land Reconciliation in South Africa

by James L. Gibson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521517885

ISBN-13: 9780521517881

Pub. Date: 08/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Overcoming Historical Land Injustices in South Africa is the last entry in Gibson’s “overcoming trilogy” on South Africa’s transformation from apartheid to democracy. Focusing on the issue of historical land dispossessions – the taking of African land under colonialism and apartheid – this book investigates the judgments South

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Overcoming Historical Land Injustices in South Africa is the last entry in Gibson’s “overcoming trilogy” on South Africa’s transformation from apartheid to democracy. Focusing on the issue of historical land dispossessions – the taking of African land under colonialism and apartheid – this book investigates the judgments South Africans make about the fairness of their country’s past. Should, for instance, land seized under apartheid be returned today to its rightful owner? Gibson’s research zeroes in on group identities and attachments as the thread that connects people to the past. Even when individuals have experienced no direct harm in the past, they care about the fairness of the treatment of their group to the extent that they identify with that group. Gibson’s analysis shows that land issues in contemporary South Africa are salient, volatile, and enshrouded in symbols and, most important, that interracial differences in understandings of the past and preferences for the future are profound.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521517881
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1. Land reconciliation and theories of justice, past and present; 2. Naming, blaming, and claiming on historical land injustices: the views of the South African people; 3. Group identities and land policy preferences; 4. Applied justice judgments: the problem of squatting; 5. Judging the past: historical versus contemporary claims to land; 6. Land reconciliation and theories of justice; References; Appendix A. A note on race in South Africa; Appendix B. The survey methodology; Appendix C. The questionnaire.

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