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Memory Politics and Transitional Justice

International Courts and Mass Atrocity

Narratives of War and Justice in Croatia

Authors: Sokolić, Ivor

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  • Evaluates the success of the intended expressivist goals of domestic and international war crimes trials dealing with the 1991-1995 Croatian conflict
  • Highlights how dominant everyday narratives are and the difficulty that top-down judicial narratives can face
  • Focuses on the political sociology of law, rather than strictly legal ramifications
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About this book

The extra-legal effects of international and domestic war crimes trials continue to puzzle researchers and practitioners. In the former Yugoslav states, the legacy of conflict and issues of transitional justice remains central in politics, society and culture. This book provides a new theoretical and methodological approach to one of these puzzles: why universal human rights norms become distorted or undermined when they reach local publics. It investigates the social and cultural contexts that transitional justice processes take place in by looking at how emotional everyday narratives can hamper the spread of norms in society. In Croatia, these narratives define how the public understands the rule of law, history and minority rights. 

About the authors

Ivor Sokolić is Research Officer in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. 

Reviews

“International Courts and Mass Atrocity provides an in-depth analysis of the transitional justice process in Croatia. Sokolić not only works through the fault lines of the ICTY regarding the case of Croatia, but also sheds light on an issue that the international criminal justice system as a whole often neglects: namely, the strength of the local in creating and maintaining war narratives. The book is therefore a must-read for transitional justice scholars and practitioners both in the Balkans and beyond.” (Ebru Demir, LSE Review of Books, blogs.lse.ac.uk, May 08, 2019)
“International institutions tried to introduce standards and values of universal human rights into post-conflict environments, and it often looks like they have failed. Why? These concepts enter into spaces that are already populated: by narratives and myths, values and interests, emotions and memories. Sokolić breaks new ground in understanding how societies approach the past in this study, using focus groups and innovative analysis to show how different social groups in Croatia interpret justice and war.” (Eric Gordy, Professor of Political and Cultural Sociology, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, UK)

“Ivor Sokolić provides a persuasive account of constraints at the everyday level that distort universal norms of transitional justice in Croatia. This study extends our understanding of challenges in post-conflict recovery of this understudied case in the Balkans. With its combination of original theory building and innovative qualitative analysis, it will be of interest to all scholars puzzled by the question why international and domestic war crimes trials fail to promote justice and reconciliation.” (Denisa Kostovicova, Associate Professor in Global Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

“This timely and engaging study about the impact of war crimes trials in Croatia deftly portrays how key segments of Croatian society perceive the legacy of the Croatian War of Independence (1991–1995) and interethnic relations. Sokolic’s bottom-up approach provides crucial insights into nation-building narratives, interpretations of the recent past, attitudes towards transitional justice mechanisms and the potential for reconciliation in post-conflict societies.” (Vjeran Pavlaković, Associate Professor, University of Rijeka, Croatia)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-90841-0
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-90840-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-08112-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
International Courts and Mass Atrocity
Book Subtitle
Narratives of War and Justice in Croatia
Authors
Series Title
Memory Politics and Transitional Justice
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90841-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90841-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90840-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08112-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 229
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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