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Cambridge University Press
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May 2010
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Social Psychology, Sociology: General Interest, Psychology, Sociology

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My Neighbour, My Enemy tackles a crucial and highly topical issue - how do countries rebuild after ethnic cleansing and genocide? And what role do trials and tribunals play in social reconstruction and reconciliation. By talking with people in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia and carrying out extensive surveys, the authors explore what people think about their past and the future. Their conclusions controversially suggest that international or local trials have little relevance to reconciliation. Communities understand justice far more broadly than it is defined by the international community and the relationship of trauma to a desire for trials is not clear-cut. The authors offer an ecological model of social reconstruction and conclude that coordinated multi-systemic strategies must be implemented if social repair is to occur. Finally, the authors suggest that while trials are essential to combat impunity and punish the guilty, their strengths and limitations must be acknowledged.


"Harvey Weinstein and Eric Stover's edited collection represents, to my knowledge, the first book-length effort to empirically assess the process of social reconstruction and reconciliation in several post-conflict societies, and to ask, what evidence is there for the claims made by international lawyers and others?...This book is essential reading for anyone involved in the emergent transitional justice "industry," as a caution against hubris and simple-minded therapeutic claims, and as a corrective to intoxicating beliefs in the power of international interventions in post-conflict societies." - Global Law Books, Hehal Buhta, NYU School of Law

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