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

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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.
LanguageEnglish
Pages273-289
JournalHuman Rights Review
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013

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Keywords

  • Commemoration
  • Peace building
  • Transitional justice
  • Divided societies
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Symbolic reparation

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