[TimorLesteStudies] New article: Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: Problems in Transitional Justice and the Reconstruction of Identity
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Tue Jun 8 05:55:10 EST 2010
Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: Problems in Transitional Justice and the Reconstruction of Identity
George Mason University, kavruch at gmu.edu<!-- var u = "kavruch", d = "gmu.edu"; document.getElementById("em0").innerHTML = '<a href="mailto:' + u + '@' + d + '">' + u + '@' + d + '<\/a>'//-->
This article considers some of the main features of so-called truth and reconciliation commissions, their history and structure and their characteristic concerns with respect to their central dilemmas, including: how they grapple with notions of truth, justice, liability, reconciliation, apology and forgiveness, and how they address the need to support the "reconstruction" of selves and identities in the wake of massive trauma and collective violence. A particular concern is with how such commissions or related tribunals engender what can be called a "one-to-many" dynamic, in which they try to effect social reconciliation while focusing attention, via testimony and story-telling, on the traumas and suffering of individual victims.
Key Words: apology • conflict resolution • identity • truth & reconciliation commissions • violence
Transcultural Psychiatry, Vol. 47, No. 1, 33-49 (2010)
Bu V.E. Wilson
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