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From Violent Policies to Policies for Violence Prevention:Violence, power and mental health policy in 20th century South Africa

A. Butchart, B. Hamber, M. T. Blanche & M. Seedat

Strategies for the use or containment of violence have played a greater role in the dynamics of South Africa than in many other societies. As a result, references to the violent practices and policies of the past are prominent in the popular and political rhetoric of 1990s, and contemporary efforts to deal with the problem of violence are shadowed by what went before them. New policies should therefore be formulated with reference to what these historical strategies may teach us about the management of violence in the present.

Updated March 15, 2010.