All societies moving towards peace must establish reparation measures for victims of political violence. That is not an easy task, though: political victimhood is a controversial concept by itself and all victims of this type are mixed up with general politics from both the past and the present. In divided societies, such as the North of Ireland and the Basque Country, the controversies about the definition of political victimhood reproduce old divisions from the past. Drawing from these two cases, this research project gathers some initial thoughts to conceptualise political victimhood into three different models: the harm, blame and context-based models. The primary contribution of the article lies in the formulation of the third model, the context-based framework.
- Political Violence
- Transitional Justice
- Basque Country
- Northern Ireland
Amaia Alvarez-Berastegi, & Hearty, K. (2019). A Context Based Model to Frame Political Victimhood: Experiences from Northern Ireland and the Basque Country. International Review of Victimology, 25(1), 19-36. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269758018782237