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Telling the Truths: Truth Telling and Peace Building in Post-Conflict Societies Hardcover – Oct 1 2005

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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1 edition (Dec 22 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268021961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268021962
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
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“This collection demonstrates that scholarship of transitional justice and truth-telling structures is reaching a new stage of maturity. This interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners confront and problematize a number of aspirational assumptions found in the discourse between both scholars and policy-makers about the utility of truth commissions. The authors explicitly question the value of truth telling for countries emerging from protracted conflicts, call for modest expectations of any single attempt to hasten reconciliation, and present nuanced interpretations of the complexities of truth telling and peace building. . . . These authors discuss cases and raise questions and hypotheses that can inspire a new research agenda into the relationship between truth and peace.” —Human Rights and Human Welfare (2006)

"This is a specialized volume that furthers the development of the interdisciplinary field of peace studies, and belongs in most university libraries. . . In an insightful introductory chapter, she lays out the research challenges in looking at truth telling as a peace-building activity, and then examines empirical evidence in case studies across the globe. . . With contributors from around the world and from several disciplines, the volume seeks to weigh truth telling as part of the restorative justice process and to document that peace building involves long-term processes." —Choice (November 2006)

“The volume's objective, as editor Tristan Anne Borer states in her introduction, is to examine 'whether truth-telling mechanisms can contribute to sustainable peace, and, if so, how and under what conditions.' It is a welcome aim. Neither the post-conflict peace-building literature nor the transitional justice literature has rigorously and systematically examined that relationship. . . . Borer's introduction stands out as one of the better chapters, providing a solid overview of the literature, and a lucid discussion of key conceptual and definitional issues.” —Political Science Quarterly, Summer 2007

About the Author

TRISTAN ANNE BORER is associate professor of government at Connecticut College.
CONTRIBUTORS: Tristan Anne Borer, Charles Villa-Vicencio, Jennifer J. Llewellyn, Juan E. Méndez, Debra L. DeLaet, Pablo De Greiff, Brandon Hamber, David Becker, and Shari Eppel.

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