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The Resource Truth commissions : memory, power, and legitimacy, Onur Bakiner

Truth commissions : memory, power, and legitimacy, Onur Bakiner

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Truth commissions : memory, power, and legitimacy
Title
Truth commissions
Title remainder
memory, power, and legitimacy
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Onur Bakiner
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eng
Summary
"Since the 1980s a number of countries have established truth commissions to come to terms with the legacy of past human rights violations, yet little is known about the achievements and shortcomings of this popular transitional justice tool. Drawing on research on Chile's National Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and exploring the scholarship on thirteen other transitional contexts, Onur Bakiner evaluates the success of truth commissions in promoting policy reform, human rights accountability, and the public recognition of human rights violations. He argues that although political elites often see a truth commission as a convenient way to address past atrocities, the findings, historical narratives, and recommendations of such commissions often surprise, upset, and discredit influential political actors. Even when commissions produce only modest change as a result of political constraints, Bakiner contends, they open up new avenues for human rights activism by triggering the creation of new victims' organizations, facilitating public debates over social memory, and inducing civil society actors to monitor the country's human rights policy. Bakiner demonstrates how truth commissions have recovered basic facts about human rights violations, forced societies to rethink the violence and exclusion of nation building, and produced a new dynamic whereby the state seeks to legitimize its central position between history and politics by accepting a high degree of societal penetration into the production and diffusion of official national history. By doing so, truth commissions have challenged and transformed public discourses on memory, truth, justice, reconciliation, recognition, nationalism, and political legitimacy in the contemporary world."--Publisher description
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Bakiner, Onur
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Pennsylvania studies in human rights
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  • Truth commissions
  • Political crimes and offenses
  • Reconciliation
  • Memory
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Truth commissions : memory, power, and legitimacy, Onur Bakiner
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-297) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 315 pages
Isbn
9780812247626
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2015006392
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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YBP Library Services
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(OCoLC)907193852
Label
Truth commissions : memory, power, and legitimacy, Onur Bakiner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-297) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 315 pages
Isbn
9780812247626
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2015006392
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
YBP Library Services
System control number
(OCoLC)907193852

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