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Social Reconstruction as a Local Process


Laura Arriaza


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Naomi Roht-Arriaza


University of California Hastings College of the Law

July 2008

The International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol. 2, Issue 2, pp. 152-172, 2008

Abstract:     
When it comes to post-armed conflict interventions aimed at restructuring a shattered society, policy makers have largely treated countries as an undifferentiated whole, ignoring local dynamics that reinforce or transform the power relations that are often most relevant to peoples’ lives. Using the example of Guatemala, the authors argue that local-level, bottom-up mechanisms can reflect a country's diverse makeup and experience of conflict, and provide crucial precursors or extensions for wider-scale national and international projects. Local-level initiatives also can involve more community members, promote agency and perhaps be less prone to large-scale patronage and corruption. In promoting truth-telling initiatives and confronting the past, memorializing the departed and burying the dead, and resolving ongoing or recent community conflicts, the authors have found that local-level programs have distinct advantages. The article considers local ‘houses of memory,’ community-sponsored psycho-social interventions and exhumations; and conflict resolution based on Mayan methods. It concludes that such efforts should be more systematically identified and supported in post-armed conflict settings. In transitional justice, as elsewhere, the authors find, all politics is local.

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Date posted: May 19, 2009  

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Arriaza, Laura and Roht-Arriaza, Naomi, Social Reconstruction as a Local Process (July 2008). The International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol. 2, Issue 2, pp. 152-172, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1405125 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijn010

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Laura Arriaza (Contact Author)
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Naomi Roht-Arriaza
University of California Hastings College of the Law ( email )
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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