Sunday, April 18, 2004

Overcoming Apartheid: Can Truth Reconcile a Divided Nation?

Overcoming Apartheid: Can Truth Reconcile a Divided Nation? This is the second entry in Gibson’s “Overcoming Trilogy” (the first was Overcoming Intolerance in South Africa: Experiments in Democratic Persuasion, Cambridge University Press). Russell Sage describes the book as follows: Overcoming Apartheid reports on the largest and most comprehensive study of post-apartheid attitudes in South Africa to date, involving a representative sample of all major racial, ethnic, and linguistic groups. Grounding his analysis of “truth” in theories of collective memory, Gibson discovers that the process has been most successful in creating a common understanding of the nature of apartheid, more...