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Transition and Justice: An Introduction

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Olaf Zenker, Gerhard Anders – 2014

Since the end of the Cold War, political new beginnings have increasingly been linked to questions of transitional justice. The contributions to this collection examine a series of cases from across the African continent where peaceful ‘new beginnings’ have been declared after periods of violence and where transitional justice institutions played a role in defining justice and the new socio‐political order. Three issues seem to be crucial to the understanding of transitional justice in the context of wider social debates on justice and political change: the problem of ‘new beginnings’, of finding a foundation for that which explicitly breaks with the past; the discrepancies between lofty promises and the messy realities of transitional justice in action; and the dialectic between logics of the exception and the ordinary, employed to legitimize or resist transitional justice mechanisms. These are the particular focus of this Introduction.

Title
Transition and Justice: An Introduction
Author
Olaf Zenker, Gerhard Anders
Publisher
Wiley-Blackwill
Location
Hoboken
Date
2014
Relation
Appeared in
Development and Change (Special Issue on “Transition and Justice: Negotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa”) 45 (3): 395-414
Language
eng
Type
Text