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Wounded Healers & Reconciliation Fatigue: The Search for Social Justice & Sustainable Development in South Africa (VDM Publishing, English, 2009; Morningside South Press, Spanish, 2012; Morningside South Press, Arabic, 2014; Morninside South Press, Chinese, 2015) argues that even though South Africans have been reconciling Apartheid-era abuses since institutionalized liberation in 1994, that ongoing reconciliation needs of individuals must not be overlooked within South Africa’s larger quest for national healing.

Focusing on memorialization, missing persons, 30,000R reparation payouts, as well as on the continued oppression of marginalized identity based on culture, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and HIV and AIDS, Wounded Healers argues that reconciliation—rather than being understood as a phenomenon or concept that is achievable—is only appreciable as the processes of various seemingly-disparate threads of reconciliation work in South Africa intersect with the lived experiences of ordinary South Africans more largely.

Chapter one, Reconciliation Work in South Africa, provides a landscape of the major players involved in South African reconciliation NGO work from liberation to today.

Chapter two, Reconciliation, Communication, and Conflict, juxtaposes literary contributions from peace & conflict studies, communication, and international education.

Chapter three, Making National Reconciliation Personal, differentiates between South Africa’s national project of reconciliation and the quest for personal healing.

Chapter four, Reconciliation, Education, and Development, considers the balancing act between individual reconciliation needs and international development.

Chapter five, Reconciling Marginalized Identities, explores rainbow hegemony & marginalized identity through gender, class, race, HIV and AIDS, and sexual orientation.

Chapter six, Reconciliation as a Social Movement, explores ways reconciliation NGOs, their staff, and their clients may be agents of change in a social movement.

Chapter seven, Conclusion: Reconciliation 2.5 concludes with practical and policy recommendations for the way forward for Reconciliation in South Africa.



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