Violence and the Politics of Remorse

Nancy Scheper-Hughes

in Subjectivity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247925
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939639 | DOI:
Violence and the Politics of Remorse

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This chapter discusses the working ethics created around the corpses of apartheid in the new South Africa. It shows that, in this context, hope comes not from principles created in the privileged contexts of Western countries, but from “cultures of terror,” also discussing the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which is meant to become the fabric of a new social contract and the basis for building a new citizen. Suffering and therapeutic practices are also studied.

Keywords: working ethics; South Africa; cultures of terror; Truth and Reconciliation; social contract; new citizen; suffering; therapeutic practices

Chapter.  22298 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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