Introduction: Resources for Political Reconciliation

C.K. Martin Chung, Annika Frieberg

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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book focuses on peace and reconciliation studies through its conceptual focus on "resources". It explores such resources in terms of philosophical and religious traditions; narratives of reconciliation, forgiveness, and related concepts; memory cultures and shared identities; existing or emerging economic cooperation; and democratic institutions. The book also focuses on the cultural, political and historical obstacles to reconciliation. Obstacles might include (geo)political advantages to cultivating an atmosphere of antagonism, or fear towards a neighbouring country. The book addresses the question of resources and obstacles as such, whether these arise from various philosophical and religious traditions or are situated in related conceptual frameworks such as "processes" and "models". It explains original historical accounts and political analyses of reconciliation in particular post-colonial, post-communist, post-reunification and other "past-burdened" relationships. The book offers examples of how resources for reconciliation have functioned within specific politico-cultural or historical settings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReconciling with the Past
Subtitle of host publicationResources and Obstacles in a Global Perspective
EditorsAnnika Frieberg, C.K. Martin Chung
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781315624631
ISBN (Print)9781138651722, 9781138367395
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2017

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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