La politique de se pardonner: Le processus de vérité de Greensboro et les efforts vers la justice restauratrice

Translated title of the contribution: The politics of being sorry: The Greensboro truth process and efforts at restorative justice

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Abstract

This paper examines the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission (GTRC) to better understand the way the truth process in Greensboro, North Carolina intersects with conceptions of restorative justice and geographic understandings of the 'right to the city.' The GTRC was a grassroots truth process focused on a shooting of labor organizers in 1979 by Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party Members and the complicity of local officials in the violence. In 2006, the GTRC released its report to the citizens of Greensboro and its recommendations for the city touched off a contentious debate. Using a multi-method qualitative approach-including open-ended interviews and archival research-I argue the GTRC process engages with notions of right to the city activism that challenges the right to the city literature to focus on broader discussions of racism, activism, and white privilege that emerges from critical race scholarship and contributes to the growth of robust, multiracial anticapitalist coalitions; an approach to scholarship on the right to the city that has broad academic purchase for social geography and urban political engagement in general.

Translated title of the contributionThe politics of being sorry: The Greensboro truth process and efforts at restorative justice
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)607-624
Number of pages18
JournalSocial and Cultural Geography
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies

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