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Author Payne, Leigh A.

Title Unsettling accounts : neither truth nor reconciliation in confessions of state violence / Leigh A. Payne
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2008


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 374 pages) : illustrations
Series The cultures and practice of violence series
e-Duke books scholarly collection.
Cultures and practice of violence series.
Contents Confessional performance -- Remorse -- Heroic confessions -- Sadism -- Denial -- Silence -- Fiction and lies -- Amnesia -- Betrayal
Summary Focusing on confessions to acts of authoritarian state violence, Leigh A. Payne asks what happens when perpetrators publicly admit or discuss their actions. She contends public confessions do not settle the past, but catalyze contentious debate. She argues debate and public confessions that trigger it are healthy for democratic processes of political participation, freedom of expression, and contestation of political ideas. She draws on interviews, television film, newspaper archives, and books written by perpetrators to analyze confessions of state violence in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and South Africa. She considers perpetrators' confessions as performance, examining what perpetrators say and what they communicate non-verbally and different ways that perpetrators portray their pasts, whether in terms of remorse or heroism, denial or sadism, or through lies or betrayal--Publisher's description
Notes "A John Hope Franklin Center book"--Page i
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-352) and index
Notes English
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SUBJECT Lateinamerika gnd
Subject Political violence -- Case studies
Confession (Law) -- Case studies
Democratization -- Case studies
Family life -- Nigeria
89.58 political violence.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Violence in Society.
Confession (Law)
Political violence
Politische Verfolgung
Politiek geweld.
Politiskt våld -- fallstudier.
Demokratisering -- fallstudier.
Family life -- Nigeria.
SUBJECT Nigeria -- Social life and customs
Nigeria -- Description and travel
Subject Lateinamerika
Nigeria -- Social life and customs.
Nigeria -- Description and travel.
Genre/Form Case studies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780822390435