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Structural Violence and the Struggle for Recognition: Examining Community Narratives in a Post-apartheid Democracy

  • Lau U
  • Seedat M
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In this chapter, we analyze our opening conversations with community leaders of the peri-urban township of Thembelihle, which revealed two dominant narratives of structural violence in a post-apartheid context: poverty and need, and struggle for recognition. We attempt to locate the two narratives, in relation to a conceptual framework of peace psychology and critical psychology, and to highlight their implications for a critical community psychology within a twenty-first century democratic South Africa. In our analysis, we locate our representation within an academic and scholarly space as an enactment of academic citizenship and activism guided by the principles of social justice and peace. The chapter accordingly encourages peace scholars (including ourselves) to assume a reflexive stance about the influence of scholarship as manifestations of academic citizenship and activism. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)

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Lau, U., & Seedat, M. (2017). Structural Violence and the Struggle for Recognition: Examining Community Narratives in a Post-apartheid Democracy (pp. 203–220). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45289-0_10

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