Truth and reconciliation at the grassroots : community truth processes in the Southern United States

dc.contributor.advisorDu Toit, Andren_ZA
dc.contributor.authorDollar, Laurenen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-28T14:46:13Z
dc.date.available2014-12-28T14:46:13Z
dc.date.issued2008en_ZA
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 94-98).en_ZA
dc.description.abstractTruth commissions are implemented in order to "deal with the past" in the context of a transition in government from authoritarian to democratic rule. At the center of a truth commission is a truth process that attempts to establish the experience of gross human rights abuse at the hands of the state, and does so in a way which places the victims of such abuse at the center of the process, through valuing victim testimony as "truth." It is done with the assumption in mind, that in order for a society, or community, to have healthy relations in the future, violent past experiences must be faced and dealt with. Communities at a local level have imitated the structure, goals and procedures of truth commissions in projects that have been termed "Unofficial Truth Projects." This thesis compares three case studies of unofficial truth projects which have taken place in the Southern United States in the past few years: The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Greensboro, North Carolina, which sought to establish a community reconciliation process 25 years after what has come to be known as the "Greensboro Massacre"; and two civil-society based truth processes, the Katrina National Justice Commission and the International Tribunal on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which seek to establish truth and gain reparations for human rights abuses which have taken place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The author considers various projects in a comparative manner, and through examining their histories, structures and ideological make-up, analyzes the processes in terms how these factors affect the ability for the project to: gain legitimacy as a truth process, generate resources and support, acknowledge victims' experiences, and engage the community in reconciliation efforts. The author also echoes the calls for a shift in paradigm in reconciliation and transitional justice literature, which would allow for a space to exist for truth processes that may be unofficial and fall outside a context of a formal transition. Such processes could still greatly benefit communities living in post-conflict contexts and with histories of racial and political violence, such as many communities in the Southern United States.en_ZA
dc.identifier.apacitationDollar, L. (2008). <i>Truth and reconciliation at the grassroots : community truth processes in the Southern United States</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10348en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationDollar, Lauren. <i>"Truth and reconciliation at the grassroots : community truth processes in the Southern United States."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies, 2008. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10348en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationDollar, L. 2008. Truth and reconciliation at the grassroots : community truth processes in the Southern United States. University of Cape Town.en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Dollar, Lauren AB - Truth commissions are implemented in order to "deal with the past" in the context of a transition in government from authoritarian to democratic rule. At the center of a truth commission is a truth process that attempts to establish the experience of gross human rights abuse at the hands of the state, and does so in a way which places the victims of such abuse at the center of the process, through valuing victim testimony as "truth." It is done with the assumption in mind, that in order for a society, or community, to have healthy relations in the future, violent past experiences must be faced and dealt with. Communities at a local level have imitated the structure, goals and procedures of truth commissions in projects that have been termed "Unofficial Truth Projects." This thesis compares three case studies of unofficial truth projects which have taken place in the Southern United States in the past few years: The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Greensboro, North Carolina, which sought to establish a community reconciliation process 25 years after what has come to be known as the "Greensboro Massacre"; and two civil-society based truth processes, the Katrina National Justice Commission and the International Tribunal on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which seek to establish truth and gain reparations for human rights abuses which have taken place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The author considers various projects in a comparative manner, and through examining their histories, structures and ideological make-up, analyzes the processes in terms how these factors affect the ability for the project to: gain legitimacy as a truth process, generate resources and support, acknowledge victims' experiences, and engage the community in reconciliation efforts. The author also echoes the calls for a shift in paradigm in reconciliation and transitional justice literature, which would allow for a space to exist for truth processes that may be unofficial and fall outside a context of a formal transition. Such processes could still greatly benefit communities living in post-conflict contexts and with histories of racial and political violence, such as many communities in the Southern United States. DA - 2008 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2008 T1 - Truth and reconciliation at the grassroots : community truth processes in the Southern United States TI - Truth and reconciliation at the grassroots : community truth processes in the Southern United States UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10348 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/10348
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationDollar L. Truth and reconciliation at the grassroots : community truth processes in the Southern United States. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies, 2008 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10348en_ZA
dc.language.isoengen_ZA
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Political Studiesen_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Humanitiesen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.subject.otherJustice and Transformationen_ZA
dc.titleTruth and reconciliation at the grassroots : community truth processes in the Southern United Statesen_ZA
dc.typeMaster Thesis
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dc.type.qualificationnameMPhilen_ZA
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