Artificial Walls. South African Narratives on Conflict, Difference and Identity

An Exploratory Study in Post-Apartheid South Africa



Artificial Walls. South African Narratives on Conflict, Difference and Identity
An Exploratory Study in Post-Apartheid South Africa
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This book offers far-reaching insights into perceptions of conflict in South Africa. Claude-Hélène Mayer’s approach is remarkable, because she imparts the recollections of numerous people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The author captures the essence of about one-hundred interviews reflecting disparate attitudes towards social changes in the post-apartheid Republic of South Africa. Unexpected statements – for example, with respect to the continued existence of internalized apartheid – are carefully analyzed and hermeneutically understood. At the beginning of the research, presumptions might have raised expectations for the similarity between the narrative interviews. However, it becomes clear during the reading of this work that each interview was itself unique and each created a unique situation between the interviewer and the interviewee, inviting the reader to listen again and again to the spoken and analyzed words. The thorough, months-long field stays, from 1999 until 2004, emphasize the researcher’s exhaustive effort better to understand the perspective of the interviewees. In addition to the book's research-related merits, its data can increase the cultural competence of those readers who are interested in information on specific predominant-cultural standards in present day South Africa. Readers can more fully appreciate how the people in South Africa live a special, dynamic form of their unmatched “unity in diversity.”
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Claude-Hélène Mayer is an ethnologist (M.A.), systemic consultant, mediator and officially acknowledged trainer for mediation (BM). She has worked at the Institute for Intercultural Practise & Conflict Management (IIPC) for a few years, specializing in intercultural mediation and systemic consulting. She is the author of several reference books and earned her Ph.D. at the Institute for

Ethnology in Göttingen in the interdisciplinary field of intercultural value-, identity-, and conflict research. Her region-specific expertise relates mostly to Southern Africa, especially the Republic of South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.
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„Mit ihrer explorativen Studie erhebt die Autorin keinen Anspruch auf Gemeingültigkeit, sie fördert hingegen einen tiefen Einblick in Fragen der interkulturellen Verständigung und bietet interessante Erkenntnisse für weitergehende Forschungen zur politischen Kultur in Südafrika.“ (Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 04/2006)
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Lieferzeit 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Autor/-in Claude H Mayer
Anzahl der Seiten 400
Sprache Englisch
Erscheinungsdatum 23.03.2005
Gewicht (kg) 0.5420
ISBN-13 9783898214315