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Discourse, normative change and the quest for reconciliation in global politics

Judith Renner


This book offers a new and critical perspective on the global reconciliation technology by highlighting its contingent and highly political character as an authoritative practice of post-conflict peacebuilding. After retracing the emergence of the reconciliation discourse from South Africa to the global level, the book demonstrates how implementing reconciliation in post-conflict societies is a highly political practice which entails potentially undesirable consequences for the post-conflict societies to which it is deployed. Inquiring into the example of Sierra Leone, the book shows how the r ... More

Keywords: Reconciliation, Transitional justice, Discourse theory, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Normative Change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719088025
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088025.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith Renner, author