Taking Wrongs Seriously

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-04-07
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr

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Since the end of the Cold War, and particularly during the last fifteen years, the human need to amend immoral wrongs has been expressed in political discourse as a propensity to apologize for acts of past injustice. Can apology, by bringing closure to conflicts and by opening new possibilities for communication and mutual understanding, cultivate reconciliation and ameliorate the present? Taking Wrongs Seriously examines the increasingly potent role of apology as a social force. Contributors explore in a comparative and interdisciplinary framework the role and functionas well as the limitationsthat apology has in promoting dialogue, tolerance, and cooperation between groups confronting one another over past injustices. Fourteen essays draw on a variety of disciplinesincluding history, international relations, transition studies, sociology, legal studies, psychology, and religionto explore the real and symbolic transactions that lie at the core of apology. There is no similar introductory text on this subject that includes multiple disciplinary perspectives as well as such a wide geographical and historical spectrum of case studies.

Author Biography

Elazar Barkan is Professor of History and Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices (2000), and Retreat of Scientific Racism (1992). Alexander Karn is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Claremont Graduate University.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
An Ethical Imperative: Group Apology and the Practice of Justice
Group Apology as an Ethical Imperativep. 3
Amending the Past: Conceptual Approaches and Impediments
Apology, Truth Commissions, and Intrastate Conflictp. 33
Punishment, Reconciliation, and Democratic Deliberationp. 50
Forgive and Not Forget: Reconciliation Between Forgiveness and Resentmentp. 83
The Transitional Apologyp. 101
What Some Monuments Tell Us About Mourning and Forgivenessp. 115
Apologies and Reconciliation: Middle Eastern Ritualsp. 132
Case Studies: Australia, America, and Europe
The Apology in Australia: Re-covenanting the National Imaginaryp. 153
The BIA's Apology to Native Americans: An Essay on Collective Memory and Collective Consciencep. 185
The New Patriotism and Apology for Slaveryp. 213
The Tulsa Race Riot Commission, Apology, and Reparation: Understanding the Functions and Limitations of a Historical Truth Commissionp. 234
The Apology Moment: Vichy Memories in 1990s Francep. 259
Justice, Apology, Reconciliation, and the German Foundation: "Remembrance, Responsibility, and the Future"p. 286
The Worst is Yet to Come: Abu Ghraib and the Politics of not Apologizingp. 311
Indexp. 331
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