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Legacies of State Violence and Transitional Justice in Latin America: A Janus-Faced Paradigm?

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Legacies of State Violence and Transitional Justice in Latin America: A Janus-Faced Paradigm?

Legacies of State Violence and Transitional Justice in Latin America: A Janus-Faced Paradigm? By Nina Schneider, Marcia Esparza
2015 | 216 Pages | ISBN: 1498513859 | PDF | 2 MB


Legacies of State Violence and Transitional Justice in Latin America presents a nuanced and evidence-based discussion of both the acceptance and co-optation of the transitional justice framework and its potential abuses in the context of the struggle to keep the memory of the past alive and hold perpetrators accountable within Latin America and beyond. The contributors argue that “transitional justice”—understood as both a conceptual framework shaping discourses and a set of political practices—is a Janus-faced paradigm. Historically it has not always advanced but often hindered attempts to achieve historical memory and seek truth and justice. This raises the vital question: what other theoretical frameworks can best capture legacies of human rights crimes? Providing a historical view of current developments in Latin America’s reckoning processes, Legacies of State Violence and Transitional Justice in Latin America reflects on the meaning of the paradigm’s reception: what are the broader political and social consequences of supporting, appropriating, or rejecting the transitional justice paradigm?