Temporal perspectives on transitional and post-conflict societies.
Rois Oyola, Sandra
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MUELLER-HIRTH, N. and RIOS OYOLA, S. 2018. Temporal perspectives on transitional and post-conflict societies. In Mueller-Hirth, N. and Rios Oyola, S. (eds.) Time and temporality in transitional and post-conflict societies. Abingdon: Routledge [online], chapter 1, pages 1-16. Available from: https://www.routledge.com/Time-and-Temporality-in-Transitional-and-Post-Conflict-Societies/Mueller-Hirth-Rios-Oyola/p/book/9781138631366
This introductory chapter establishes the significance of developing a deeper understanding of the role time plays in sustainable peacebuilding. By drawing on the contemporary scholarship of social time, the editors problematise a straightforward, taken-for-granted notion of teleological time associated with progress and linearity, which has predominantly influenced scholars and practitioners in the fields of transitional justice, reconciliation and peacebuilding. Several key issues in transitional and post-conflict societies that can be made visible through the lens of time and temporality are then identified and developed: (1) tensions and clashes between temporalities shaped by institutions such as those in charge of reparations, trials and truth commissions, and the temporalities corresponding to the lived experiences of people affected by violence; (2) how these different temporalities produce an unequal distribution of power in post-conflict settings, leading to the socio-temporal marginalisation of some in society and to repercussions for processes of reconciliation, reparations and change; (3) the effects of social acceleration on transitional and post-conflict societies; and (4) how collective memorialisation becomes a vehicle to transmit memories of the past through the lenses of the present. Finally, we summarise the contributions that follow and discuss how they contribute to the main themes of the book.