Legal Institutions and Collective Memories
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Legal Institutions and Collective Memories by Susan Karstedt
Book DescriptionIn recent decades the debate among scholars, lawyers, politicians and others about how societies deal with their past has been constant and intensive. Legal Institutions and Collective Memories situates the processes of transitional justice at the intersection between legal procedures and the production of collective and shared meanings of the past. Building upon the work of Maurice Halbwachs, this collection of essays emphasises the extended role and active involvement of contemporary law and legal institutions in public discourse about the past, and explores their impact on the shape that collective memories take in the course of time. The authors uncover a complex pattern of searching for truth, negotiating the past and cultivating the art of forgetting. Their contributions explore the ambiguous and intricate links between the production of justice, truth and memory. The essays cover a broad range of legal institutions, countries and topics. These include transitional trials as monumental spectacles as well as constitutional courts, and the restitution of property rights in Central and Eastern Europe and Australia. The authors explore the biographies of victims and how their voices were repressed, as in the case of Korean Comfort Women. They explore the role of law and legal institutions in linking individual and collective memories in the transitional period through processes of lustration, and they analyse divided memories about the past and their impact on future reconciliation in South Africa. The collection offers a genuinely comparative approach, allied to cutting-edge theory
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841133270
(234mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 21-Jul-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Susan Karstedt
Legal Institutions and Collective Memories, Hardback (July 2009)
This book situates the processes of transitional justice in the broader framework and perspective of law and memories.
Social Dynamics of Crime and Control, Paperback (July 2000)» View all books by Susan Karstedt
This book explores new directions in contemporary theorising about the impact of social and cultural dynamics on crime and social control.
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Author Biography - Susan Karstedt
Susanne Karstedt is Professor of Criminology at the School of Sociology and Criminology at Keele University.
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