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Author Gibson, James L., 1951- author
Title Overcoming historical injustices : land reconciliation in South Africa / James L. Gibson
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009
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Descript 1 online resource (xix, 306 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
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Series Cambridge studies in public opinion and political psychology
Cambridge studies in public opinion and political psychology
Note Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 24 Feb 2016)
Land reconciliation and theories of justice, past and present -- Naming, blaming, and claiming on historical land injustices : the views of the South African people -- Group identities and land policy preferences -- Applied justice judgments : the problem of squatting -- Judging the past : historical versus contemporary claims to land -- Land reconciliation and theories of justice
Overcoming Historical Injustices 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 judgements 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
TAEBDC; 2010
Link Print version: 9780521517881
Subject Land reform -- Law and legislation -- South Africa
Land tenure -- Law and legislation -- South Africa
Reparations for historical injustices -- South Africa
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