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Trauma and the gaze : a Lacanian analysis of perpetrator testimony in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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dc.contributor.advisor Long CP en
dc.contributor.author Van der Walt CM en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T11:18:13Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T11:18:13Z
dc.date.created 1999 en
dc.date.submitted 2002 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/109527
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the complexities surrounding transitional democratic space as it translates into perpetrator narrative within the context of the TRC amnesty hearings. These narratives, are analysed discursively in terms of how truth is constructed within the TRC space. The three identity formation agendas of the TRC (international, South African community and individual) are then examined in terms of .how they relate to the various truth imperatives existing within the amnesty hearings. These observations are then drawn into a Lacanian discursive model that demonstrates the points at which master discourses (science and the law), university discourses (psychology and religion) and hysterical discourses (incomprehensible narratives) fail or succeed in the various identity forming agendas of the TRC. This discussion also demonstrates how the successes and failures of the various discourses manifest themselves in the transcripted proceedings of the TRC amnesty hearings. It will be shown that the way in which the pervasive and systematic oppression engendered by apartheid was "backgrounded" by the TRC, partially accounts for the discursive manifestation present in the transcripts analysed in the dissertation. en
dc.language English en
dc.title Trauma and the gaze : a Lacanian analysis of perpetrator testimony in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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