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Resistance and Transitional Justice





ISBN 9780367232238
Published March 20, 2019 by Routledge
174 Pages

 
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Despite a more reflective concern over the past 20 years with marginalised voices, justice from below, power relations and the legitimacy of mechanisms and processes, scholarship on transitional justice has remained relatively silent on the question of ‘resistance’. In response, this book asks what can be learnt by engaging with resistance to transitional justice not just as a problem of process, but as a necessary element of transitional justice. Drawing on literatures about resistance from geography and anthropology, it is the social act of labelling resistance, along with its subjective nature, that is addressed here as part of the political, economic, social and cultural contexts in which transitional justice processes unfold. Working through three cases – Côte d’Ivoire, Burundi and Cambodia – each chapter of the book addresses a different form or meaning of resistance, from the vantage point of multiple actors. As such, each chapter adds a different element to an overall argument that disrupts the norm/deviancy dichotomy that has so far characterised the limited work on resistance and transitional justice. Together, the chapters of the book develop cross-cutting themes that elaborate an overall argument for considering resistance to transitional justice as a subjective element of a political process, rather than as a problem of implementation.

Table of Contents

1. Resistance and Transitional Justice

Briony Jones and Julie Bernath

I Côte d’Ivoire

2. Resistance to Transitional Justice in the Context of Political Violence in Côte d’Ivoire

Adou Djané Dit Fatogoma

3. Seeking a ‘Just Justice’: Discursive Strategies of Resistance in Côte d’Ivoire

Briony Jones

II Burundi

4. Between Resistance to and Compliance with Transitional Justice: the Case of Political Decision-makers in Burundi

Sandra Rubli

5. Civil Society Organisations and Transitional Justice in Burundi: When Making is Resisting

Gérard Birantamije

III Cambodia

6. Civil Society Organisations and Transitional Justice in Burundi: When Making is Resisting

Julie Bernath

7. Multivocal Resistance to Transitional Justice in Post-Genocide Cambodia

Kosal Path

8. Concluding Reflections

Briony Jones and Julie Bernath

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Biography

Briony Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Politics and International Studies department of the University of Warwick, UK and a senior researcher at swisspeace, an associate research institute of the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Julie Bernath is a Senior Researcher and programme officer in the Dealing with the Past Program at swisspeace, an associate research institute of the University of Basel, Switzerland.