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Another Country: Everyday Social Restitution

Sharlene Swartz
Another Country: Everyday Social Restitution
ISBN: 978-1-928246-11-4
$29.95
2017/304 pages
Distributed for Best Red, an imprint of HSRC Press
"What a breath of sorely needed fresh air—a timely call to everyday, no-strings-attached restitution, guided by sustained, humble conversations with those dishonoured by apartheid." —Wilhelm Verwoerd, Stellenbosch University

"Swartz has answered Steve Biko's call for a new consciousness among whites and blacks alike. Read this and let’s have a conversation, our future depends on it. A major achievement!" —Xolela Mangcu, University of Cape Town

"From the United States and Europe, to Africa, Latin America, and Asia, activists and scholars alike are advancing powerful cases for the urgency of radical redress. Another Country is a compelling and original addition to this canon." —Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard University

"Can South Africa right the wrongs of the past? Can a divided society find common ground? Another Country marshals social science insights in the quest for a more peaceful, prosperous, and inclusive South Africa. It provides an optimistic, but realistic, starting point for a fresh conversation about where the country has been and where it might go." —Evan S. Lieberman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

DESCRIPTION

Drawing on insights drawn from extensive interviews with South Africans in all walks of life, Sharlene Swartz introduces the practical concept of social restitution—the actions and attitudes that people can undertake in dialogue with each other to "make things right."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sharlene Swartz is Divisional Executive of the Inclusive Economic Development (IED) research division at the HSRC, and an adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Fort Hare.    

CONTENTS

  • Foreword—Antjie Krog.
  • A TIME TO SEE.
  • Restitution and a Shared Vision for South Africa's Future.
  • Ways of Seeing: Why We Are Divided About What Is Needed.
  • THE PAST IN THE PRESENT.
  • Black Pain and the Outrage of Racism.
  • Apartheid's Costs: Education, Opportunities, Assets, and Wellbeing.
  • White Privilege and Responses to South Africa's Past.
  • TURNING TOWARDS TOMORROW.
  • Restitution: A New Conversation.
  • Locating Yourself in the Conversation.
  • Restoring Our Humanity.
  • A TIME TO ACT.
  • Everyday Actions for Individuals and Groups.
  • Telling New Stories Through Social Restitution.
     
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