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Transitional justice and civil society in the Balkans / Olivera Simić, Zala Volčič, editors.


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New York : Springer, [2013]
  • Book
  • xv, 244 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Localizing transitional justice : civil society practices and initiatives in the Balkans / Zala Volčič and Olivera Simić
  • Civil society and post-communist transitional justice in Romania / Lavinia Stan
  • Dealing with the past in post-war Croatia : perceptions, problems, and perspectives / Tamara Banjeglav
  • The failure of Macedonian post-communist transitional justice : lustration, between cleansing and parody / Despina Angelovska
  • How activists see civil society and the political elite in Bosnia : relevance to prospects of transitional justice / Eunice Castro Seixas
  • The "transitional citizen" : Civil society, political agency and hopes for transitional justice in Bosnia-Herzegovina / Briony Jones, Alex Jeffrey, and Michaelina Jakala
  • Transitional justice in Albania : historical burden, weak civil society, and conflicting interests / Arolda Elbasani and Artur Lipinski
  • Truth in the shadow of justice / Jamie Rowen
  • Structured encounters in post-conflict/post-Yugoslav days : visiting Belgrade and Prishtina / Orli Fridman
  • What about the women? : transitional justice and gender in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland / Michael Potter and Hedley Abernethy
  • "Pillar of shame" : civil society, UN accountability and genocide in Srebrenica / Olivera Simić
  • Afraid to cry wolf : human rights activists' struggle of transnational accountability efforts in the Balkans / Arnaud Kurze and Iva Vukusic
  • From international courts to grassroots organizing : obstacles to transitional justice in the Balkans / Jill A. Irvine and Patrice C. McMahon.
"Transitional Justice and Civil Society in the Balkans covers civil society engagements with transitional justice processes in the Balkans. The Balkans, whose physical geography is generally considered to be the former Yugoslavia, as well as Albania, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria, is a region marked by the post-communist and post-conflict transitional turmoil in which its countries are entangled. With contributions coming from localized and international scholars, this volume provide a comprehensive look at the research in transitional justice in this part of the world, Transitional justice is an ever-growing field which responds to dilemmas over how successor regimes should deal with past human rights abuses of their authoritarian predecessors. This volume explores the ways in which civil society--lay citizens who participate in government and non-government organization without seeking monetary compensation--affect and drive the transitional justice process. The editors and author emphasize the relatively unexplored and under-researched role of civil society groups and social movements, such as local women's groups, the role of art and community media and other grass-roots transitional justice mechanisms and initiatives, in the Balkans' movement towards making peace with the past. Through specific case-studies, the unique contribution of Transitional Justice and Civil Society in the Balkans is not only that it covers a part of the world that is not adequately represented in the transitional justice field, but also that it is one of the first projects originally researched and written by experts and scholars from the region or in collaboration with international scholars. By taking a more critical look at national strategies, local practices and priorities, and by closely examining international transitional justice agendas, the authors explore the complex and unpredictable justice processes currently underway in the Balkans. They suggest lessons to be learned from those engagements and identify future directions that may be taken in order to bring a sustainable peace to the region. With its effective combination of empirical studies and theoretical grounding, Transitional Justice and Civil Society in the Balkans serves as an excellent resources for scholars of peace studies, the Balkans, historians, peace psychology, transitional justice, political science, civil society, sociologists, criminologists, and anybody interested in the process by which nations and peoples heal themselves."-- Publisher's website.
Simić, Olivera, editor of compilation.
Volčič, Zala, editor of compilation.
Springer series in transitional justice.

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