Transition and Justice: An Introduction

Zenker, Olaf; Anders, Gerhard (2014). Transition and Justice: An Introduction. Development and Change, 45(3), pp. 395-414. Wiley 10.1111/dech.12096

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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.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Zenker, Olaf

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1467-7660

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Johanna Weidtmann

Date Deposited:

29 Aug 2014 13:30

Last Modified:

22 Feb 2016 11:43

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/dech.12096

Web of Science ID:

000335766800001

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.52412

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/52412

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