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Introduction: violence, justice and the work of memory

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posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by K D Neumann
The search for historical justice has become one of the defining features of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. So has the consensus about the need to remember the violence of past injustices and its victims. The search for justice is closely related to a focus on remembrance: the striving for justice relies on memories of injustices, and the public remembering of past wrongs is increasingly considered one crucial means of redressing such wrongs. This focus section brings together authors from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds in the humanities and social sciences, ranging from anthropology to law, and from cultural studies to political science. Focusing on post-conflict societies in Africa (Morocco, Rwanda), Asia (Nepal), Latin America (Argentina, Peru, Uruguay) and the Pacific (Solomon Islands), the papers explore aspects of the work of memory in attempts to redress past wrongs and make the present inhabitable. This introduction also extends some of the themes that connect the seven individual papers.

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Journal

International Journal of Conflict and Violence

Volume

8

Issue

1

Pagination

4 - 15

Publisher

University of Bielefeld

Location

Germany

ISSN

1864-1385

Language

eng

Grant ID

DP0877630

Publication classification

X Not reportable; C2.1 Other contribution to refereed journal

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