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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: June 2020

1 - Introduction

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      • Introduction
      • Lea David, University College Dublin
      • Book: The Past Can't Heal Us
      • Online publication: 26 June 2020
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108861311.001
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      • Introduction
      • Lea David, University College Dublin
      • Book: The Past Can't Heal Us
      • Online publication: 26 June 2020
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108861311.001
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      • Introduction
      • Lea David, University College Dublin
      • Book: The Past Can't Heal Us
      • Online publication: 26 June 2020
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108861311.001
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Summary

The introductory chapter briefly describes the rise of the human rights memorialisation agenda (known as 'moral remembrance') at the world polity level. Referring to six general theses, the chapter explains the main points presented in the book: (1) why it is important to understand human rights as an ideology; (2) how, when, and why moral remembrance emerged at the world polity level; (3) why moral remembrance clashes with the state-sponsored memorialization agenda; (4) why moral remembrance strengthens the categories of ‘nation’ and ‘ethnicity’ on the ground; (5) why and how moral remembrance produces new social inequalities and divisions; and (6) why moral remembrance does not make people more appreciative of human rights values. The chapter sets out the layout of the book and briefly sketches the main conclusions of the research.

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