Transitional justice, retributive justice and accountability for wrongdoing

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This chapter considers how best to construe the essential nature of an attractive sort of national reconciliation. In advancing a theory of national reconciliation, chapter focuses strictly on that concept, considering related ideals such as restorative justice and transitional justice merely in passing. There are extant theories of national reconciliation in the literature, most of our which informed by Kantian, liberal-democratic and similar perspectives. By the Afro-communitarian conception, national reconciliation includes such conditions, but is far from exhausted by them; reconciliation merely as the achievement of institutional stability is too little. Central to most people’s thoughts about national reconciliation is the hearing out of victims. Another core element of national reconciliation is the attempt to help victims overcome their plight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTheorizing Transitional Justice
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781317010876
ISBN (Print)9781472418296
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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