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This e-book bargains a trans-disciplinary research of the influence of mass crime at the rebuilding of social and political relatives. Drawing on ancient and more moderen casesincluding examples from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burundi, Cambodia, Indonesia, Peru, and Rwandathe authors study the impression of mass crimes on members, society at huge, and the agencies concerned about offering advice within the post-conflict part.

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The accuracy of the analysis will depend largely on the attention paid to the complexity of the situation, the historical knowledge of the groups concerned, and the researcher’s capacity for listening to the interviewees and for understanding beyond the words and the silence. Any outsider needs to understand that, when confronted with differing organized narratives, his personal response will be to propose his own alternative interpretation. That dual process warrants particular attention. 9 Such an activity is doubly complicated by the historical course of events in which mass crimes and the paradoxical functioning of memory are most often situated.

3. This system allows the actors to situate themselves in the social game and give a particular meaning to the action and the social institutions in the collectivity concerned. The culture so defined does not create permanent identities but organizes the behaviour of the different actors (including those who take power). See Clifford Geertz, ‘‘The politics of meanings’’, The Interpretation of Cultures, New York: Basic Books, 1973, p. 89. 4. An exception is the United States Institute of Peace Special Report Trauma and Transitional Justice in Divided Societies, following a conference organized in March 2004, Washington, DC: USIP, Special Report 135, April 2005.

He first refers to the nature of destructive conflicts and how they are transformed, before turning to the examination of the ways international governmental organizations and international nongovernmental organizations affect the durability of peace following the commission of mass crime. Kriesberg offers a series of recommendations to render outsiders’ contributions more useful. Reflection on what the role of an outsider should be in such contexts remains very complex. Further on-the-ground research is needed in order to understand the processes sketched out in this volume – as well as their limits.

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