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Reconciliation and transitional justice: the contribution of forgiveness towards healing and restoration

Kattumuri, Ruth and Holm, Amalie Kvame (2011) Reconciliation and transitional justice: the contribution of forgiveness towards healing and restoration. In: Albrow, Martin and Seckinelgin, Hakan, (eds.) Global Civil Society 2011: Globality and the Absence of Justice. Global Civil Society Yearbook. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 38-47. ISBN 9780230272019

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Forgiveness is primarily addressed in the transitional justice discourse as a restorative value, as part of several concepts complementing retributive justice (Braithwaite and Strang 2001). Scholars define restorative justice by emphasising it either as a value or as a process, and the same logic applies to forgiveness. It could be conceived as a process where a group of individuals or societies come together to solve issues. Forgiveness can relieve the burdens created by wrongful actions and intolerable debts and suggests that both victim and perpetrator can start afresh (Digeser 2001). It might even imply the re-establishment of moral equality between the parties. This chapter suggests that forgiveness is a valuable and complementary mechanism for healing and restoration of individuals and societies.

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Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
India Observatory
Social Policy
Asia Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Research centres and groups > India Observatory
Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Asia Research Centre
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2013 11:23
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2021 23:26

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