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Remaking Transitional Justice in the United States

The Rhetorical Authorization of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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  • Takes a language-oriented approach to the field of transitional justice
  • Explores the first truth commission of its kind in the U.S.
  • Serves as guide to practitioners of transitional justice who are looking for strategies to garner authority for their initiatives
  • Reveals some of the global interconnections between various transitional justice initiatives.

Part of the book series: Springer Series in Transitional Justice (SSTJ)

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​Remaking Transitional Justice in the United States: The Rhetoric of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission  explores rhetorical attempts to authorize the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission—a grassroots, U.S.-based truth commission created in 2004 toredress past injustices in the city. Through detailed rhetorical analyses, the book demonstratesthat the development of the field of transitional justice has given rise to a transnational rhetorical tradition that provides those working in the field with series of “enabling constraints.” The book then shows how Greensboro stakeholders attempted to reaccentuate this rhetorical tradition in their rhetorical performances to construct authority and bring about justice, even as the tradition shaped their discourse in ways that limited the scope of their responses. Calling attention to the rhetorical interdependence among practitioners of transitional justice, this study offers insights into the development of transitional justice in the United States and in grassroots contexts in other liberal democracies. The volume is a relevant guide to scholars and practitioners of transitional justice as it brings into relief mechanisms of transitional justice that are frequently overlooked—namely, rhetorical mechanisms. It also speaks to any readers who may be interested in the communicative strategies/tactics that may be employed by grassroots transitional justice initiatives.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Roger Williams University, Bristol, USA

    James Edward Beitler III

About the author

James E. Beitler is an Assistant Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. His dissertation—which was completed at the University of Michigan in 2009—explores the rhetorical activity of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Remaking Transitional Justice in the United States

  • Book Subtitle: The Rhetorical Authorization of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission

  • Authors: James Edward Beitler III

  • Series Title: Springer Series in Transitional Justice

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5295-9

  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Behavioral Science, Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4614-5294-2Published: 10 November 2012

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4899-8677-1Published: 13 December 2014

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4614-5295-9Published: 09 November 2012

  • Series ISSN: 2945-5413

  • Series E-ISSN: 2945-5421

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 158

  • Topics: Law and Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology, Political Science

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