Transitional Justice, Historicity and Praxis in Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland

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Abstract

Transitional justice scholarship is increasingly sensitive to the need to attune bespoke ‘solutions’ to specific cultural and political contexts. However, despite the much vaunted aim of ‘dealing with the past’, the historical particularities of a given context are in practice often overlooked once the serious business of ‘doing transitional justice’ gets under way. Taking as a case-study recent efforts to design an oral history archive as part of the latest blueprint for ‘dealing with the past’ in Northern Ireland, this article argues in favour of integrating a granular grasp of historicity with the specific requirements of praxis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransitional Justice Beyond Blueprints
EditorsClaire Garbett, Sari Wastell
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN (Electronic)978-1138241251
ISBN (Print)1138241253
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • oral history
  • historicity
  • transitional justice
  • Northern Ireland

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    Bryson, A. (2018). Transitional Justice, Historicity and Praxis in Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland. In C. Garbett, & S. Wastell (Eds.), Transitional Justice Beyond Blueprints Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.