The Era of Transitional Justice: The Aftermath of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and Beyond

1st Edition

Paul Gready

Routledge
Published December 2, 2011
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9780415521178 - CAT# Y135421
Series: Transitional Justice

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Summary

The Era of Transitional Justice explores a broad set of issues raised by political transition and transitional justice through the prism of the South African TRC. South Africa constitutes a powerful case study of the enduring structural legacies of a troubled past, and of both the potential and limitations of transitional justice and human rights as agents of transformation in the contemporary era. South Africa�s story has wider relevance because it helped to launch constitutional human rights and transitional justice as global discourses; as such, its own legacy is to some extent writ large in post-authoritarian and post-conflict contexts across the world. Based on a decade of research, and in an analysis that is both comparative and interdisciplinary, Paul Gready maintains that transitional justice needs to do more to address structural violence � and in particular poverty, inequality and social and criminal violence � as these have emerged as stubborn legacies from an oppressive or war-torn past in many parts of the world. Organised around four central themes � new keyword conceptualisation (truth, justice, reconciliation); re-imagining human rights; engaging with the past and present; remaking the public sphere � it is an argument that will be of considerable relevance to those interested in the law and politics of transitional societies.

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