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The Politics of Memory

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ISBN13: 9781856498425
ISBN: 1856498425
Published: January 2000
Publisher: Zed Books
Format: Hardback
Price: £50.00

Why does conflict deteriorate into violence and war? How does collective memory influence healing and social justice in post-conflict situations? What is the role of judicial accountability - crime and truth commissions - for past violations of human rights? This work looks at how people rebuild broken communities and the tensions that arise in post-conflict situations.;It addresses questions of social justice as both ends and means of healing and reconciliation, examines the nature and dynamics of conflict, and considers judicial accountability and the role of truth commissions as approaches to healing and social justice. The book includes consideration of the gendered elements of conflict and concludes with a chapter on the pursuit of justice as an underlying cause of civil wars in Africa and elsewhere.

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Introduction: facing the truth, facing justice, Ifi Amadiume, Abdullahi An-Na'im.
Part 1 Social justice: memory, truth and healing, Wole Soyinka; the politics of memory - Biafra and intellectual responsibility, Ifi Amadiume; Biafran war literature and Africa's search for social justice, Akachi Ezeigbo.
Part 2 The nature of conflict: social movements revisited - mediation of contradictory roles, Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Svetlana Peshkova; the interface of conflicts in West Africa -new geopolitics and emergence of regional powers, Tshikala Biaya; post-Biafran marginalisation of the Igbo in Nigeria, Nnaemeka Ikpeze; towards a social history of warfare and reconstruction - the Nigerian-Biafran case, Axel Harneit-Sieers, Sydney Emezue.
Part 3 Judicial accountability: truth and justice for human rights crimes - Latin America and accountability, Juan Mendez; truth in a box - the limits of justice through judicial mechanisms, Julie Mertus; justice for women victims of violence - a look at Rwanda after the 1994 genocide, Binaifer Nowrojee, Regan Ralph.
Part 4 Truth commissions: the truth according to the TRC, Mahmood Mamdani; social conflict and reconciliation - a reflection on the Ugandan and Rwandese experiences, Joan Kakwenzire. Conclusion: the cause of justice behind civil wars, Francis Deng.