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Advancing Feminist Positioning in the Field of Transitional Justice

Ni Aolain, Fionnuala (2013) Advancing Feminist Positioning in the Field of Transitional Justice. The International Journal of Transitional Justice, 6 (2). pp. 1-24. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1093/ijtj/ijs013


This article contributes to an ongoing conversation among feminist scholars about what constitutes feminist positioning with regard to the central issues that define transitions from conflict or repression towards more liberal polities. The analysis suggests that the feminist presence in transitional justice is complex, multilayered and still in the process of full engagement. Concentrating on the genealogy of this presence, the article reflects on what are commonly invoked scholarly and policy reference points, showing how little gender analysis and women’s issues entered into the discursive fray in the public and political arenas where the terminology of accountability emerged. The challenge in assessing feminist positioning is that an uncritical and narrowly liberal conception of gender equality directs our gaze away from the cultural, material and geopolitical sites in which transitional justice practices have emerged. The article explores the connections between transitional justice and identification of harms done to women, the importance of acknowledging these harms and the need to centre discussions of agency and autonomy in feminist approaches to structural political change in deeply divided societies.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:27471
Deposited By: Mrs Lisa Thompson
Deposited On:15 Oct 2013 08:50
Last Modified:15 Oct 2013 08:50

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