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Law and the politics of memory : confronting the past / Stiina Löytömäki

Publication | Digitized | Library Call Number: KJV8405 .L69 2014

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    "Law and the Politics of Memory: Confronting the Past examines law's role as a tool of memory politics in the efforts of contemporary societies to work through the traumas of their past. The book examines how and why law has become so central in processes in which the past is constituted as a series of injustices that need to be rectified and can allegedly be repaired. Using the examples of French colonialism and Vichy, as well as addressing the politics of memory surrounding the Holocaust, communism and colonialism, this book provides a critical exploration of law's role in 'belated' transitional justice contexts. As such, it explores different legal modalities in processes of working through the past; addressing the implications of regulating history and memory through legal categories and legislative acts, whilst exploring how trials, restitution cases, and memory laws manage to fulfil such varied expectations as clarifying truth, rendering homage to memory and reconciling societies.Legal scholars, historians and political scientists, especially those working with transitional justice, history and memory politics in particular, will find this book a stimulating exploration of the specificity of law as an instrument and forum of the politics of memory. "-- Provided by publisher.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Löytömäki, Stiina, author.
    Published
    Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2014
    Locale
    France
    European Union countries
    Algeria
    Contents
    Introduction : the recent legalization of colonialism in France
    European memory : memory claims and their Legal "regulation" in the European Union
    France and challenges to French universalism : towards accepting collective responsibility for Vichy crimes
    Trial about discourse : torture during the Algerian war
    Memory laws and the politics of victimhood
    Conclusion : why law?
    Notes
    "GlassHouse Book"
    Based on author's thesis (doctoral) -- European University Institute, 2010, under title: Committing the Irreparable: Law and dealing with past injustice
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-150) and index.
    Introduction : the recent legalization of colonialism in France -- European memory : memory claims and their Legal "regulation" in the European Union -- France and challenges to French universalism : towards accepting collective responsibility for Vichy crimes -- Trial about discourse : torture during the Algerian war -- Memory laws and the politics of victimhood -- Conclusion : why law?

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9780415657280
    0415657288 (hardback)
    Additional Form
    Electronic version(s) available internally at USHMM.
    Physical Description
    viii, 162 pages ; 24 cm

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