The Age of Apology: Facing Up to the Past

Mark Gibney, Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights Rhoda E Howard-Hassmann, Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Jean-Marc Coicaud, Niklaus Steiner
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008 - 333 pàgines

In a turnabout of the cynical belief that might makes right, nations now see fit to issue apologies to peoples and countries they have wronged. We live in an age that seeks to establish political truth, perhaps best exemplified by the creation of truth commissions in societies seeking to emerge from dictatorial pasts. The most noteworthy result of these efforts has been the near-universal realization that a society will not be able successfully to pass into the future until it somehow deals with the horrors of its past.

A number of Western states and institutions have sought to come to terms with their relationships to non-Western states and peoples. Powerful actors and institutions are apologizing to the relatively powerless. What do these apologies mean? Are they an indication of a new international order, either politically or as they relate to international law? Or are these apologies fleeting and insignificant? In The Age of Apology twenty-two law, politics, and human rights scholars explore the legal, political, social, historical, moral, religious, and anthropological aspects of Western apologies in an attempt to answer these questions. Conversely, a nonapology might be as important to study, and several chapters discuss the absence or refusal of apology and how this might be interpreted.


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Apologies and the West
A Critical Defense of Political
Historical Injustice and Liberal Political Theory
A CrossCultural Analysis
Elements of a Road Map for a Politics of Apology
The Possibility of a National
Apology and Its Meaning
On Making Trustworthy Institutions Trusted
State Apologies Under U S Hegemony
Belgian Apologies to Rwanda
A Very Ambiguous
African Elite Opinion About Apologies
A Dutch
Papal Apologies of Pope John Paul II
Apology and the American War on Terror

Apologies QuasiApologies
Apology and Reconciliation in New Zealands Treaty of Waitangi

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Mark Gibney is Belk Distinguished Professor and Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of several books on international affairs and human rights, including Problems of Protection: The UNHCR and Refugees at the Beginning of the 21st Century and Five Uneasy Pieces: American Ethics in a Globalized World. Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann is Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of many books, including Economic Rights in Canada and the United States, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Jean-Marc Coicaud heads the United Nations University Office at the United Nations in New York. Niklaus Steiner is Director of the Center for Global Initiatives at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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