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The sociology of everyday life peacebuilding.

Brewer, John D.; Hayes, Bernadette C.; Teeney, Francis; Dudgeon, Katrin; Mueller-Hirth, Natascha; Wijesinghe, Shirley Lal


John D. Brewer

Bernadette C. Hayes

Francis Teeney

Katrin Dudgeon

Shirley Lal Wijesinghe


This chapter gives voice to our sample of South African victims and explains the South African sample of victims. The chapter begins with a history of South Africa and the development of policies of racial segregation under the British and apartheid under Afrikaner nationalism. It then proceeds to develop the same themes that South Africa's victims gave voice to, such that the chapter discusses South African victims' notions of competitive victimhood, their emotional landscape, exploring the meaning of forgiveness, hope and the future in a South African context. Victims' attitudes towards Whites are addressed as a legacy of apartheid, and the impact of this legacy is shown in the ambivalence victims have toward hope and the future. The structural inequalities faced by most first generation victims of apartheid are highlighted as they impact on victims' hopes for the future. The file for this record represents only a sample chapter from the whole work, which is available for purchase from the publisher.

Book Type Monograph
Publication Date Jul 5, 2018
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature)
Series Title Palgrave studies in compromise after conflict
ISBN 9783319789743
Institution Citation BREWER, J.D., HAYES, B.C., TEENEY, F., DUDGEON, K., MUELLER-HIRTH, N. and WIJESINGHE, S.L. 2018. The sociology of everyday life peacebuilding. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan [online]. Available from:
Keywords South Africa; Victims; Racial segregation; Apartheid; Victimhood; Forgiveness