Reparations: Interdisciplinary Inquiries

Hardcover | March 15, 2007

EditorJon Miller, Rahul Kumar

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Reparations is an idea whose time has come. From civilian victims of war in Iraq and South America to descendents of slaves in the US to citizens of colonized nations in Africa and south Asia to indigenous peoples around the world - these groups and their advocates are increasingly arguingfor the importance of addressing historical injustices that have long been either ignored or denied. This volume aims to contribute to these debates by focusing the attention of a group of highly distinguished international experts on the ways that reparations claims figure in contemporarypolitical and social justice movements. Four broad types of reparations claims are examined, those involving indigenous peoples, the legacy of slavery in the United States, victims of war and conflict, and colonialism. In each instance, scholars and activists argue about the character of theinjustice for which reparations are owed, why it is important to take these demands seriously, and what form redress should take. The aim is not consensus but to exhibit better the complexity of the issues involved - a goal which the interdisciplinary nature of the volume furthers - as well as theimportance of taking seriously both conceptual issues and the actual politics of reparations.

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Reparations is an idea whose time has come. From civilian victims of war in Iraq and South America to descendents of slaves in the US to citizens of colonized nations in Africa and south Asia to indigenous peoples around the world - these groups and their advocates are increasingly arguingfor the importance of addressing historical in...

Jon Miller is an assistant professor of philosophy at Queen's University (Canada). Apart from reparations, he works on early modern rationalism and the Hellenistic era of ancient philosophy. His next major project will be to understand better how and why philosophical conceptions of happiness changed during the early modern era. ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:March 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Jon Miller and Rahul Kumar: Prefaceby Elazar Barkan: IntroductionPart I Reparations for Indigenous Peoples1. Jeremy Waldron: Why is Indigeneity Important?2. Rebecca Tsosie: Acknowledging the Past to Heal the Future: The Role of Reparations for Native Nations3. Janna Thompson: Coming to Terms with the Past in AustraliaPart II Reparations for Slavery4. Glenn Loury: Trans-Generational Justice: Compensatory vs. Interpretive Approaches5. Andrew Valls: Reconsidering the Case for Black Reparations6. Carolyn Benson: Further Trouble for Unsettled Waters: Attention to Gender in the Debate on Black ReparationsPart III Reparations for Conflict7. Pablo de Greiff: Justice and Reparations8. Debra Satz: Countering the Wrongs of the Past: The Role of Compensation9. Catherine Lu: Reparations in World Politics: Of Debt and Disgrace after WarPart IV Reparations for Colonialism10. Rajeev Bhargava: How should we respond to the cultural injustices of colonialism?11. Brandon Hamber: Reparations as symbol: Narratives of resistance, reticence and possibility in South Africa12. Kok-Chor Tan: Colonialism, Reparations and Global JusticeYael Danieli: Conclusion