Analyzing Resistance to Transitional Justice

What Can We Learn from Hybridity?

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ABSTRACT

A focus on understanding and managing the reactions of affected populations has led to hybridity’s being an important part of the discussions about, and applications of, transitional justice. However, despite the presence of “resistance” as a component in theories of hybrid peace, there is limited in-depth theoretical or empirical work on resistance to transitional justice. The content of this article addresses this gap in two main ways. First, it asks what we can learn from theories of hybrid peace about resistance to transitional justice. Second, it proposes a particular approach to resistance that would allow for a more dynamic and ultimately more useful understanding of resistance to transitional justice. The argument presented here states not only that we must seek to understand the nature of resistance as a part of hybridity, but we must do so by analyzing the relational process through which acts come to be defined as resistance.

Contributor Notes

BRIONY JONES is currently assistant professor in international development at the University of Warwick. She has previously published on the politics of intervention, reconciliation, citizenship, transitional justice, and qualitative research methods. In addition to her current post she is an associate researcher at swisspeace in Bern and a research associate at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford.

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