Law and the Public Sphere in Africa

La Palabre and Other Writings

by Jean Godefroy Bidima

Translated by Laura Hengehold

Published by: Indiana University Press

208 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253011244
  • Published: December 2013


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  • eBook
  • 9780253011282
  • Published: December 2013


Jean Godefroy Bidima's La Palabre examines the traditional African institution of palaver as a way to create dialogue and open exchange in an effort to resolve conflict and promote democracy. In the wake of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and the gacaca courts in Rwanda, Bidima offers a compelling model of how to develop an African public space where dialogue can combat misunderstanding. This volume, which includes other essays on legal processes, cultural diversity, memory, and the internet in Africa, offers English-speaking readers the opportunity to become acquainted with a highly original and important postcolonial thinker.