Relationships in Transition: Negotiating Accountability and Productive Guilt in Timor Leste

Igreja, Victor ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1408-8053 (2022) Relationships in Transition: Negotiating Accountability and Productive Guilt in Timor Leste. In: Guilt: A Force of Cultural Transformation. Oxford University Press, New York, United States, pp. 285-304. ISBN 9780197557433


Abstract

The global circulation of discourses of accountability and of formal declarations of guilt for serious crimes are often decoupled from the historical realities of nations undergoing major political transitions. In contexts marred by multiple historical waves of violence, intersecting cultures of guilt formation, and a myriad of actors, the shared responsibility required for completing justice processes is colossal. This chapter focuses on the violent transitions in Timor-Leste that culminated in the restoration of independence in 2002. Building on productive guilt approaches, the chapter explores how the Timorese authorities radically reconfigured their political relations with the Indonesian authorities by decoupling the violent past actions from their actors without adopting legal impunity or openly pursuing criminal accountability. This ambiguous strategy has averted the resumption of military violence with their Indonesian former war foes, and it has allowed the Timorese authorities to maintain peace and gradually reconstruct their state and economy.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2022 22:51
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2022 22:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: productive guilt, reproductive guilt, accountability, relationships in transition, Timor-Leste, truth commissions, trials, United Nations
Fields of Research (2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180114 Human Rights Law
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180102 Access to Justice
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441004 Social change
48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4805 Legal systems > 480501 Access to justice
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440810 Peace studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asia's Past
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280123 Expanding knowledge in human society
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280117 Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2303 International relations > 230305 Peace and conflict
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/OSO/9780197557433.003.0015
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/45687

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