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After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, victims, perpetrators, and the country as a whole struggled to deal with the legacy of the mass violence. The government responded by creating a new version of a traditional grassroots justice system called gacaca. Bert Ingelaere, based on his observation of two thousand gacaca trials, offers a comprehensive assessment of what these courts set out to do, how they worked, what they achieved, what they did not achieve, and how they affected Rwandan society.
            Weaving together vivid firsthand recollections, interviews, and trial testimony with systematic analysis, Ingelaere documents how the gacaca shifted over time from confession to accusation, from restoration to retribution. He precisely articulates the importance of popular conceptions of what is true and just. Marked by methodological sophistication, extraordinary evidence, and deep knowledge of Rwanda, this is an authoritative, nuanced, and bittersweet account of one of the most important experiments in transitional justice after mass violence.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-2
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. 1. From Genocide to Gacaca
  2. pp. 14-29
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  1. 2. Learning “to Be Kinyarwanda”
  2. pp. 30-49
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  1. 3. Gacaca Mechanics
  2. pp. 50-75
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  1. 4. Experiencing Gacaca
  2. pp. 76-97
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  1. 5. The Weight of the State
  2. pp. 98-116
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  1. 6. Navigating the Social
  2. pp. 117-132
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  1. 7. A Thousand Hills, a Thousand Gacacas
  2. pp. 133-146
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  1. 8. Shades of Heart
  2. pp. 147-159
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 160-168
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  1. Appendix I: Important Dates
  2. pp. 169-170
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  1. Appendix II: Supplementary Tables
  2. pp. 171-184
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 185-188
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 189-206
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  1. References
  2. pp. 207-228
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-236
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780299309732
Related ISBN
9780299309701
MARC Record
OCLC
964657428
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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