RACE, MEMORY AND THE APARTHEID ARCHIVE, towards a psychological praxis

: [Khadiagala (G.) et al eds.]

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368 pp., paperback, First S.A.Edition, Johannesburg, 2013

 

First published in the UK and USA in 2013.

A collection of essays that examine South Africa's history of racial oppression and the possibilities and impossibilities of transforming South African society by engaging with stories submitted to the Apartheid Archive Project.

The Apartheid Archives project is an ongoing collaborative international research initiative that focuses on the collection, documentation and analysis of personal stories from ordinary South Africans, about their experiences of racism under apartheid and the continuing effects on individual and group functioning in contemporary South Africa. The project believes that it is important for South African society to review, acknowledge and deal with its past, in order to better manage its present and future, and aims to supplement the 'grand' narratives recorded by the TRC. The project was conceptualized and initiated in 2008 by two psychologists at the University of the Witwatersrand, and continues to be housed there.

Contributions include:
"Unsettling Whiteness" by Gillian Straker
"Engaging with the Apartheid Archive Project: voices from the South African diaspora in Australia" by Christopher Sonn
"Desire, Fear and Entitlement: sexualising race and racialising sexuality in (re)membering apartheid" by Kopano Ratele and Tamara Shefer
"How Do we 'Treat' Apartheid History?" by Derek Hook
"Self-Consciousness and Impression Management in the Authoring of Apartheid-related Narratives by Gillian Eagle and Brett Bowman.

Clinical psychologist Garth Stevens in Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Human and Community Development, at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Norman Duncan is the Deam of Humanities and Professor of Psychology at the University of Pretoria.
Derek Hook is a lecturer in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.