Reconciliation: what makes it possible, what impedes it, how to foster and promote it and how to build the social conditions in which it can flourish? These are pressing questions for an increasingly significant concept in community and international relations. This book is a creative engagement with the central terms of reconciliation - forgiveness, nationhood, conflict resolution, justice and memory - and with approaches to questions of listening and understanding the 'other'. It is premised on the view that an essential pathway to the achievement of reconciliation lies in developing and disseminating critical concepts that capture the nuances of practice. Drawing on fields in the social sciences and humanities, including post structuralism, hermeneutics, subaltern studies and social theory, and elaborated in relation to contemporary sites of conflict and peace-making, this collection brings together a unique range of perspectives on the complex issue of reconciliation while offering responses to the key questions being asked of it today.
'…achieves what few studies focusing on reconciliation do, and that is integrating the theory and practice of reconciliation around the world, extremely well. Traversing the academic field, as well as the different places where various models of reconciliation are being attempted is an extremely difficult exercise, which this book achieves admirably. It ought to be required reading for everyone interested in the field, including practitioners, academics, government officials, and others.' Jeremy Sarkin, UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, and Hofstra University Law School, USA
Contents: Foreword, Desmond Tutu; Preface: the human face of indigenous Australia, Jackie Huggins; Introduction: pathways to reconciliation: bringing diverse voices into conversation, Paul Komesaroff; Part I The Complex Pathways of Reconciliation: Lead essay: evaluating reconciliation, Philipa Rothfield; The task of justice, David Pettigrew; Conflict resolution and reconciliation of peoples, Alphonso Lingis; Hegemony, ethics and reconciliation, Modjtaba Sadria; Telling a different story: hopes for forgiveness and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, Geraldine Smyth; Truth, reconciliation and nation formation in 'our land' of Timor-L'Este, Damian Grenfell; Testimony, nation building and the ethics of witnessing: after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, Kay Schaffer; Reconciliation with the dead and other unfamiliar pathways, Julian Jonker. Part II Sites of Reconciliation: Lead essay: reconciliation: from the usually unspoken to the almost unimaginable, Paul James; Accountability, remorse and reconciliation: lessons from South Africa, Mozambique and Rwanda, Helena Cobban; Community reconciliation in East Timor: a personal perspective, Patrick Burgess; The role of economic development in reconciliation: an experience from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vince Gamberale; Between denial and reconciliation: lessons from South Africa to Israel and Palestine, Daphna Golan-Agnon; The Australian reconciliation process: an analysis, Andrew Gunstone; Stepping forward: reconciliation and the good relations agenda in organizational practice in Northern Ireland, Derick Wilson; Index.