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Friction and the Pursuit of Justice in Post-war Sri Lanka
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7167-609X
School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University.
2013 (English)In: Peacebuilding, ISSN 2164-7259, Vol. 1, no 3, 300-316 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article engages with friction between international and local actors in an era of globalised transitional justice processes with cases from post-war Sri Lanka. We find that in the context of a victor's peace, the prevailing actor can mobilise ordinary people against international transitional justice initiatives, and can stage localised processes which do not involve the grass-roots level to any real extent. An actor-oriented perspective sharpens friction as an analytical concept by moving beyond the broad categories of conflicts between the local and the global. Our analysis highlights four significant actors in post-war justice: the internationalised state, domestic constituencies, the international community and diasporas, whose encounters, roles and internal complexity determine the outcomes of transitional justice processes.

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Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013. Vol. 1, no 3, 300-316 p.
Keyword [en]
peacbuilding, transitional justice, reconciliation, Sri Lanka
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-219313DOI: 10.1080/21647259.2013.813171OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-219313DiVA: diva2:699161
Available from: 2014-02-26 Created: 2014-02-26 Last updated: 2016-04-26

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