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How to Repair the Loss of a Future? An Intersectional Analysis of the Politics of Reparations in Colombia after Paramilitary Demobilization

Ericsson, Karin (2008)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This study investigates the Colombian transitional justice process from an intersectional perspective in order to uncover potentials and problems of the reparation process to meet the needs of female victims. A theoretical framework on reparation that highlights the importance of the dimensions of recognition and redistribution, as well as the collective and individual dimensions, is used in order to study how reparations can contribute to social justice. The analysis is based on interviews carried out in Colombia with civil servants, civil society organizations and victims. Female victims are suffering violations of their human rights both as a consequence of the armed conflict in Colombia and also because of structural injustices. The... (More)
This study investigates the Colombian transitional justice process from an intersectional perspective in order to uncover potentials and problems of the reparation process to meet the needs of female victims. A theoretical framework on reparation that highlights the importance of the dimensions of recognition and redistribution, as well as the collective and individual dimensions, is used in order to study how reparations can contribute to social justice. The analysis is based on interviews carried out in Colombia with civil servants, civil society organizations and victims. Female victims are suffering violations of their human rights both as a consequence of the armed conflict in Colombia and also because of structural injustices. The intersectional perspective shows how categories influence victims? needs, both independently and in a mutually reinforcing manner. The structural roots of many of female victims? needs suggest that the transitional justice scheme need to be widened, from privileging political and civil rights to incorporating economic, social and cultural rights. The Colombian reparation scheme has the potential of contributing to social justice, but the fact that the armed conflict has not yet ceased and other political constraints specific to the Colombian case pose challenges to a sustainable peace. (Less)
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Ericsson, Karin
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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Colombia, transitional justice, reparation, victims, women, intersectionality, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
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1319044
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2008-09-03
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2008-09-03
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  abstract     = {This study investigates the Colombian transitional justice process from an intersectional perspective in order to uncover potentials and problems of the reparation process to meet the needs of female victims. A theoretical framework on reparation that highlights the importance of the dimensions of recognition and redistribution, as well as the collective and individual dimensions, is used in order to study how reparations can contribute to social justice. The analysis is based on interviews carried out in Colombia with civil servants, civil society organizations and victims. Female victims are suffering violations of their human rights both as a consequence of the armed conflict in Colombia and also because of structural injustices. The intersectional perspective shows how categories influence victims? needs, both independently and in a mutually reinforcing manner. The structural roots of many of female victims? needs suggest that the transitional justice scheme need to be widened, from privileging political and civil rights to incorporating economic, social and cultural rights. The Colombian reparation scheme has the potential of contributing to social justice, but the fact that the armed conflict has not yet ceased and other political constraints specific to the Colombian case pose challenges to a sustainable peace.},
  author       = {Ericsson, Karin},
  keyword      = {Colombia,transitional justice,reparation,victims,women,intersectionality,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {How to Repair the Loss of a Future? An Intersectional Analysis of the Politics of Reparations in Colombia after Paramilitary Demobilization},
  year         = {2008},
}