Localizing Transitional Justice Interventions and Priorities after Mass Violence

ISBN-10: 0804761507
ISBN-13: 9780804761505
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 4/23/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Through war crimes prosecutions, truth commissions, purges of perpetrators, reparations, and memorials, transitional justice practices work under the assumptions that truth telling leads to reconciliation, prosecutions bring closure, and justice prevents the recurrence of violence. But when local responses to transitional justice destabilize these assumptions, the result can be a troubling disconnection between international norms and survivors' priorities. Localizing Transitional Justicetraces how ordinary people respond toand sometimes transformtransitional justice mechanisms, laying a foundation for more locally responsive approaches to social reconstruction after mass violence and egregious human rights violations. Recasting understandings of culture and locality prevalent in international justice, this vital book explores the complex, unpredictable, and unequal encounter among international legal norms, transitional justice mechanisms, national agendas, and local priorities and practices.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Frames
Introduction: Localizing Transitional Justice
Stay the Hand of Justice: Whose Priorities Take Priority?
Transitional Justice After September 11: A New Rapport with Evil
Local Engagements
An Acknowledged Failure: Women, Voice, Violence, and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Histories of Innocence: Postwar Stories in Peru
Linking Justice with Reintegration? Ex-Combatants and the Sierra Leone Experiment
Power, Politics, and Priorities
Reconciliation Grown Bitter? War, Retribution, and Ritual Action in Northern Uganda
Silence and Dialogue: Burundians' Alternatives to Transitional Justice
"Like Jews Waiting for Jesus": Posthumous Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda
Practicing Place-Based Justice
Weaving a Braid of Histories: Local Post-Armed Conflict Initiatives in Guatemala
Dealing with the Past when the Conflict Is Still Present: Civil Society Truth-Seeking Initiatives in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Local Transitional Justice Practice in Pretransition Burma
Afterword: Elevating Transitional Local Justice or Crystallizing Global Governance?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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