1st Edition

Political Reconciliation

ISBN 9780415499583
Published February 27, 2009 by Routledge
192 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

Since the end of the Cold War, the concept of reconciliation has emerged as a central term of political discourse within societies divided by a history of political violence. Reconciliation has been promoted as a way of reckoning with the legacy of past wrongs while opening the way for community in the future.

This book examines the issues of transitional justice in the context of contemporary debates in political theory concerning the nature of 'the political'. Bringing together research on transitional justice and political theory, the author argues that if we are to talk of reconciliation in politics we need to think about it in a fundamentally different way than is commonly presupposed; as agonistic rather than restorative.

Table of Contents

1. Reconciliation and Politics
2. Toleration
3. Recognition
4. Worldliness
5. Political Reconciliation
6. Constitution
7. Forgiveness
8. Responsibility
9. Remembrance

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Dr Andrew Schaap is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter, UK.


'One of the joys of this book is that the author articulates his understanding of the political clearly and that the political is one of the cornerstones of his thinking throughout the whole text. This feature alone distinguishes Schaap's text from the other saccarrine theorising so often found in the literature on peace and conflict studies.'

Michael Phillips, Theoria

'Political Reconciliation is a welcome, and much overdue, addition to the literature on reconciliation and forgiveness in politics.'

Michael Phillips, Theoria