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Author Thompson, Janna, 1942-

Title Taking responsibility for the past : reparation and historical injustice / Janna Thompson
Published Cambridge, UK : Polity ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2002


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 MELB  323.11 Tho/Trf  AVAILABLE
Description xxi, 173 pages ; 24 cm
regular print
Contents Introduction: History and responsibility. Pt. I. Obligations of nations and rights of reparation. -- 1. Treaties and transgenerational responsibilities. -- 2. Historical injustice and respect for nations. -- 3. Theories of reparation. -- 4. Land rights and reparation. -- 5. A matter of time. -- 6. All things considered. -- Pt. II. Inheritance, reparation and family lines. -- 7. The rights of descendants. -- 8. Inheritance, equity, and reparation. -- 9. Reparation and injustices to family lines. -- Conclusion: Justice and transgenerational relationships
Summary "The book argues that the problems posed by historical injustices are best resolved by a reconciliatory view of reparative justice and an approach that explains how people acquire intergenerational responsibilities and entitlements. It ranges in its subject matter from the claims of indigenous people to land stolen from their ancestors to the growing movement for reparations for slavery. The book provides an original and convincing answer to the questions of how citizens can have reparative responsibilities for wrongs committed before they were born, and why descendants of victims may be entitled to compensation for historical injustices such as slavery. It also explains how members of nations can make recompense for injustices of the past without ignoring the inequities of the present."
"Taking Responsibility for the Past is a significant contribution to philosophical and legal debates about reparative justice, and at the same time an accessible and thought-provoking book for general readers."--BOOK JACKET
Analysis Human rights violations
Indigenous populations
Australia overseas comparisons
Restorative justice
Reparation (International law)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references: (pages [165]-169) and index
Subject Treaties.
Aboriginal Australians -- Reparations.
Reparations for historical injustices.
War reparations.
Intergenerational relations.
Restorative justice.
LC no. 2002003638
ISBN 0745628842 hb alkaline paper
0745628850 paperback
Other Titles Reparation and historical injustice