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Time and Temporality in Transitional and Post-Conflict Societies

Natascha Mueller-Hirth Sandra Rios Oyola



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14 January 2020
Peace studies & conflict resolution; Sociology; Social theory; Armed conflict
Implicit conceptions of time associated with progress and linearity have influenced scholars and practitioners in the fields of transitional justice and peacebuilding, but time and temporality have rarely been systematically considered.

Time and Temporality in Transitional and Post-Conflict Societies examines how time is experienced, constructed and used in transitional and post-conflict societies. This collection critically questions linear, transitional justice time and highlights the different temporalities that exist at local and institutional levels through original empirical research.

Presenting empirical and often ethnographic research from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cambodia, Mozambique, Palestine/Israel, Rwanda and South Africa, contributors use a temporal lens to investigate key issues including: transitional justice institutions, peace processes, victimhood, perpetrators, accountability, reparations, forgiveness, reconciliation and memoralisation.

This timely monograph will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, interested in fields such as political science, international relations, anthropology, transitional justice and conflict resolution. It will also be relevant to conflict resolution and peacebuilding practitioners.
Edited by:   Natascha Mueller-Hirth, Sandra Rios Oyola
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9780367431815
ISBN 10:   0367431815
Series:   Routledge Advances in Sociology
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   14 January 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Natascha Mueller-Hirth is Lecturer in Sociology at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK Sandra Rios Oyola is Lecturer in International Studies at Leiden University, The Hague, Netherlands

Reviews for Time and Temporality in Transitional and Post-Conflict Societies

`The very best social science always exposes a new idea and inaugurates original lines of enquiry leaving us wondering why we had never thought of it before. This volume inaugurates a very original approach to understanding the problem of time in societies emerging from conflict. Transitional justice scholars, specialists in peace processes and in victim studies can learn a great deal from the centrality given to the phenomenon of time in the volume. Transitional time, as we might call it, is theorised and discussed empirically in a rich array of case studies, making the volume essential reading for those whose eyes have now been opened to what was so obvious that we overlooked it in the past.' John D Brewer, Professor of Post Conflict Studies, Queen's University Belfast. Author of Peace Processes: A Sociological Approach `With detailed case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, this impressive collection puts time and temporality at the front and center not only of studies of peacebuilding and transitional justice but also, and as importantly, of sociological inquiry at large.' Javier Auyero, Professor of Sociology, University of Texas, Austin. Author of Patients of the State. The Politics of Waiting in Argentina. `Few will contest that issues of time and temporality are central to transitional justice and peace building. However, until recently these issues have received surprisingly little scholarly attention. This book brings a very welcome change to this situation. The volume offers a very rich and innovative collection of essays that are highly relevant for both theoretical analysis and policy making. Strongly recommended to all interested in transitional justice and conflict resolution as well as the sociology or ethnography of time.' Berber Bevernage, Professor of Historical Theory, Ghent University, Belgium. Author of History, Memory, and State-Sponsored Violence: Time and Justice

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