Telling the Truths
Truth Telling and Peace Building in Post-Conflict Societies
328 pages, 0.00 x 0.00
Paperback | 9780268021979 | December 2005
Hardcover | 9780268021962 | December 2005
This important collection examines the contributions of truth-telling mechanisms, such as truth commissions, to long-term sustainable peace. The question of whether and how truth brings peace is underexamined in scholarly literature on conflict resolution, conflict transformation, and transitional justice. This book argues that to ensure a future which does not reiterate the past, the atrocities of war and conflict must be brought to light and addressed. Contributors to this interdisciplinary volume from the fields of political science, law, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, and theology, closely examine the conditions under which various forms of truth telling in post-conflict societies contribute to a sustainable peace. This volume is the first to highlight the intersection of peacebuilding and transitional justice and will be an invaluable resource.
“The volume's objective, as editor Tristan Anne Borer states in her introduction, is to examine 'whether truth-telling mechanisms can contribute to sustainable peace, and, if so, how and under what conditions.' It is a welcome aim. Neither the post-conflict peace-building literature nor the transitional justice literature has rigorously and systematically examined that relationship. . . . Borer's introduction stands out as one of the better chapters, providing a solid overview of the literature, and a lucid discussion of key conceptual and definitional issues.” ~Political Science Quarterly