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Introduction: rethinking reconciliation and transitional justice after conflict

Hughes, James and Kostovicova, Denisa ORCID: 0000-0002-6243-4379 (2018) Introduction: rethinking reconciliation and transitional justice after conflict. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 41 (4). pp. 617-623. ISSN 0141-9870

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01419870.2017.1406129


The concepts of reconciliation and transitional justice are the foundations for a new body of connected normative meta-theories that address conflict transformation and peace-building. The articles in this special issue provide a comparative perspective on the concepts and their implementation. The articles are primarily focused on intra-state conflicts. A range of cases involving different types of conflict are included, including those driven by ethnic, racial, religious and ideological factors, and different regimes from authoritarian to democratic states, and cases where colonial legacies and mentalities endure. The articles offer critical reflections on the contradictory logics between external construction of norms and the efforts at their domestic imposition, adoption, and distortion and obstruction in conflict states and societies. These processes are not linear but vary over time. The ambiguities in the concepts are also often magnified by political considerations, which make the peace processes new stages in the conflict.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Government
Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2017 09:25
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:12

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