Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Despite a flourishing body of transitional justice literature that makes plain the "growth of the cultural icon of the victim," we know surprisingly little about the differences amongst victims. This article introduces four models of victimhood, the ideal(ized), the traumatized, the resilient, and the collective victim, and argues it is these generic descriptions, which homogenize victimized individuals, that impede understanding of the diversity of these victims. The article contends that to confidently bestow the title of "victimcentered" upon its mechanisms, transitional justice must first examine the notions of victim with which it operates.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1085-794X
Print ISSN
0275-0392
Pages
pp. 421-440
Launched on MUSE
2019-05-30
Open Access
No
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