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Transitional Justice and the Politics of Inscription: Memory, Space and Narrative in Northern Ireland

ISBN13: 9781138291515
Published: August 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Taking Northern Ireland as its primary case study, this book applies the burgeoning literature in memory studies to the primary question of transitional justice: How shall societies and individuals reckon with a traumatic past? Joseph Robinson argues that without understanding how memory shapes, molds, and frames narratives of the past in the minds of communities and individuals, theorists and practitioners may not be able to fully appreciate the complex, emotive realities of transitional political landscapes. Drawing on interviews with what the author terms "memory curators", coupled with a robust analysis of secondary literature from a range of transitional cases, the book analyzes how the bodies of the dead, the injured, and the traumatized are written into - or written out of - transitional justice. Elaborating a dynamic transitional 'memoryscape' populated by voices at varying degrees of proximity to political and inscriptive power, the book thus uncovers the often silenced or marginalized voices whose memory productions remain trapped behind the antagonistic politics of fear and division in transitional societies.

Northern Ireland Law, Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Introduction: 'The Voice of Sanity is Getting Hoarse:' Historical Narratives in Northern Ireland
1. Where, Why, & How 'Will We Remember Them?:' The Bloomfield Report Revisited
2. Social Memory
3. State of Exception
4. Hierarchy of Victims
5. Fugitive Roads & Social Hauntings
6. The Politics of Inscription
7. It Should Never be Lost
8. We are All, Potentially, Homines Sacri