For an assessment of the limits of South Africa’s Truth and Reconcilia-
tion project with regard to its failure to connect with popular ideas about
justice, see Richard Wilson, The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South
Africa: Legitimizing the Post-Apartheid State (Cambridge: Cambridge Uni-
versity Press, 2001); also Lars Buur, ‘‘The South African Truth and Recon-
ciliation Commission: A Technique of Nation-State Formation,’’ in States of
Imagination: Ethnographic Explorations of the Postcolonial State, ed. Thomas
Blom Hansen and Finn Stepputat (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press,
2001), 149–81; and Heidi Grunebaum-Ralph, ‘‘Re-placing Pasts, Forget-
ting Presents: Narrative, Place, and Memory in the Time of the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission,’’ Research in African Literatures 32, no. 3 (fall
2001): 198–212. Tina Rosenberg argues for the need for truth commis-
sions in the former Eastern bloc specifically drawing on the Chilean model
(The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts after Communism [New York:
Vintage, 1995], 352–353). Similarly, John Borneman suggests that Eastern
and Central European countries that did not have specific discourses of
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