Speech and Silence

Veena Das, Arthur Kleinman, Margaret Lock, Mamphela Ramphele and Pamela Reynolds

in Remaking a World

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223295
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924857 | DOI:
Speech and Silence

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This chapter discusses the testimonies made by women before the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It analyses on whose behalf women speak, what they say, and how it is said. It notes that the stories that the women told to the Commission during the first five weeks of its hearings differed from one another in many respects. This chapter also shows that when taken as a whole, their testimonies illustrated the gaps in women's public speech, including absences and silences that mostly had to do with representation of their own physical experiences of violation.

Keywords: women's testimonies; South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission; public speech; violation

Chapter.  12828 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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