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Commemoration as Symbolic Reparation: New Narratives or Spaces of Conflict?

Brown, Kris (2013) Commemoration as Symbolic Reparation: New Narratives or Spaces of Conflict? Human Rights Review, 14 (3). pp. 273-289. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1007/s12142-013-0277-z

Abstract

This article examines the role of commemorative processes as a form of symbolic reparation and their potential use in deeply divided societies. After discussing definitions and contexts of symbolic reparation, it will then explore the tensions inherent in this process as it speedily encounters hybridisation, the construction of narratives of ethnic identity and the political contestation of memory in deeply divided societies. An overarching question will be how symbolic reparation might meaningfully allow for the seeding of human rights norms and values in divided societies, and thus aid the recasting of both inter-communal relations and engagement between citizen and state.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Commemoration Peace building Transitional justice Divided societies Ethnic conflict Symbolic reparation
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:26845
Deposited By: Dr Kristian Brown
Deposited On:11 Sep 2013 12:01
Last Modified:11 Sep 2013 12:01

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