Negative Emotions and Transitional Justice

Hardcover | March 22, 2016

byMihaela Mihai

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Vehement resentment and indignation are pervasive in societies emerging from dictatorship or civil conflict. How can institutions channel these emotions without undermining the prospects for democracy?

Emphasizing the need to recognize and constructively engage negative public emotions, Mihaela Mihai contributes theoretically and practically to the growing field of transitional justice. Drawing on an extensive philosophical literature and case studies of democratic transitions in South Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe, her book rescues negative emotions from their bad reputation and highlights the obstacles and the opportunities such emotions create for democracy. By valorizing negative emotions, either through the judicial review of transitional justice bills or the criminal trials of victimizers, institutions realize the value of respect and concern for all while contributing to a culture that is hospitable to democracy.

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Vehement resentment and indignation are pervasive in societies emerging from dictatorship or civil conflict. How can institutions channel these emotions without undermining the prospects for democracy? Emphasizing the need to recognize and constructively engage negative public emotions, Mihaela Mihai contributes theoretically and prac...

Mihaela Mihai is Senior Research Fellow in Politics and International Relations at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. She is the coeditor of On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies (2014) and Reclaiming Democracy: Judgment, Responsibility, and the Right to Politics (2015).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:March 22, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231176503

ISBN - 13:9780231176507

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Problem1. Transitional Justice: Optional or Imperative?2. Theorizing Resentment and Indignation3. Enabling Emotional Responsibility I: Judicial Review of Transitional Justice Legislation4. Enabling Emotional Responsibility II: Criminal Trials in Democratic TransitionsConclusionsNotesBibliographyIndex

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Mihai's meticulous argumentation style sets this book apart among accounts of emotional responses to past abuses.