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Through the Looking Glass: Transitional Justice Futures through the Lens of Nationalism, Feminism and Transformative Change

Brown, Kristian and Ni Aolain, Fionnuala (2015) Through the Looking Glass: Transitional Justice Futures through the Lens of Nationalism, Feminism and Transformative Change. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 9 (1). pp. 127-149. [Journal article]

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URL: http://ijtj.oxfordjournals.org/content/9/1/127.abstract

DOI: 10.1093/ijtj/iju027

Abstract

In reflecting on the contemporary challenges and future directions of transitional justice theory and practice, this article addresses causality, accountability and political form in a triangulated assessment of nationalism’s power and ‘stickiness’ in the present formulations of transitional solutions. Addressing the identity politics of transitional justice brings us to assess the political forms that enable, define and consume transition with a particular hew to power-sharing and consociationalism-type arrangements in the aftermath of systematic atrocity. The authors provide a pragmatic, perhaps cynical account of the triumph of consociationalism as the preferred transitional accommodation, and point to the ‘dark side’ of governance arrangements in postconflict settings with implications for understanding cycles of violence and repeat conflict patterns. In both contexts, we deploy a feminist lens to understand the implications for women and gender transformation emerging from our framing of the politics of transitional justice in the contemporary moment.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:nationalism feminism consociationalism power sharing memory identity
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:32940
Deposited By: Dr Kristian Brown
Deposited On:13 Jan 2016 16:13
Last Modified:13 Jan 2016 16:13

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