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Description - The Politics of Memory by Ifi Amadiume

Why does conflict deteriorate into violence and war? How does collective memory influence healing and social justice in post-conflict situations? What is the role of judicial accountability - crime and truth commissions - for past violations of human rights? This work looks at how people rebuild broken communities and the tensions that arise in post-conflict situations. It addresses questions of social justice as both ends and means of healing and reconciliation, examines the nature and dynamics of conflict, and considers judicial accountability and the role of truth commissions as approaches to healing and social justice. The book includes consideration of the gendered elements of conflict and concludes with a chapter on the pursuit of justice as an underlying cause of civil wars in Africa and elsewhere.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781856498432
ISBN-10: 1856498433
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ifi Amadiume

Ifi Amadiume is a award-winning poet and a political activist as well as an academic. She has lived in Nigeria and the UK and is currently associate professor at Dartmouth College, Hanover. There, she teaches in both the Department of Religion and the African-American Studies Programme. Professor Amadiume is author of the influential Male Daughters, Female Husbands (Zed Books, 1988) which won the Choice Outstanding Academic Book of the Year award in 1989.