In the twentieth century, many countries around the globe experienced rapid and often traumatic political transformations. From East Germany and Northern Ireland to Argentina, Chile and Zimbabwe, political transition has been momentous and has had a deep impact on the individual culture of each society.
This collection explores these periods of political transition and the impact that they have had through an analysis of memory, identity, space/place and voice. Concentrating in particular on post-colonial and post-oppressive regimes in Europe, Southern Africa and Latin America, the contributors assess how individuals come to terms with rapid political change, and the enduring legacies of the past in the present. They examine how political transformations affect people's memories and identities, reworking spaces/places and voices, and how both offical and unofficial mechanisms set up to cope with these changes impact on these issues.
Juxtaposing different country and regional experiences and different historical eras, this is a comprehensive guide to the vast range of issues involved in political transition.
Professor Paul Gready is the Director of the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York. He has worked for Amnesty International and a number of other international and national human rights organisations. He is the author of Political Transition (Pluto Press, 2003).
1. Introduction Paul Gready 2. Remembering To Forgetting 'Zimbabwe': Towards A Third Transition by Christine Sylvester 3. Contested Memories Of Repression In The Southern Cone: Commemorations In A Comparative Perspective by Elizabeth Jelin 4. `What Is Written In Our Hearts': Memory, Justice And The Healing Of Fragmented Communities by Victoria Sanford 5. Memory And Forgetting: The Roma Holocaust by Istvan Pogany 6. Continuity And Discontinuity Of East German Identity Following The Fall Of The Berlin Wall: A Case Study Molly Andrews 7. Mobilising Memories: Protestant And Unionist Victims Groups And The Politics Of Victimhood In The Irish Peace Process by Graham Dawson 8. `In The Name Of The Victims': The Politics Of Compensation In The Work Of The South African Truth And Reconciliation Commission by Lars Buur 9. The Construction Of Voice And Identity In The South African Truth And Reconciliation Commission by Fiona C. Ross 10. Remembering Ordinary Agency Under East German State Socialism: Revelations Of The Rostock District Record, 1978-1989 by Joan Hackeling 11. Insinuating Spaces: Memories Of A Madrid Neighbourhood During The Spanish Transition by Steven Marsh 12. Public Bad, Public Good(S) And Private Realities by Carolyn Nordstrom 13. Shouting From The Bottom Of The Well: The Impact Of International Trials For Wartime Rape On Women's Agency by Julie Mertus 14. Networks Of Memory: Chileans Debate Democracy And The Pinochet Legacy Over An Internet Forum by Eliza Tanner Hawkins 15. Reconciling Reconciliation: A Personal And Public Journey Of Testifying Before The South African Truth And Reconciliation Commission by Yazir Henri 16. Empire Dies For Irish Freedom: Silence And Amnesia In Anglo-Irish Talks by Ella O'Dwyer