Law and the Public Sphere in Africa: La Palabre and Other by Jean Godefroy Bidima

By Jean Godefroy Bidima

Jean Godefroy Bidima’s los angeles Palabre examines the normal African establishment of palaver to be able to create discussion and open alternate so that it will unravel clash and advertise democracy. within the wake of South Africa’s fact and Reconciliation Commissions and the gacaca courts in Rwanda, Bidima bargains a compelling version of ways to boost an African public house the place discussion can strive against false impression. This quantity, consisting of different essays on felony strategies, cultural variety, reminiscence, and the net in Africa, bargains English-speaking readers the chance to develop into accustomed to a hugely unique and demanding postcolonial thinker.

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These courts lacked a conception of restorative and reparative justice. Where reparative justice is concerned, there is one open Preface to the English Edition | xxxi question: What should happen to the honor of the conquered and the guilty? Punishing or rendering those who have committed heinous crimes responsible is a worthy goal of our post-postmodern societies, in conformity with equity, but the ethical question remains as to whether the condemned, the criminal who must give the victims their due, has any right to consideration.

52 The politics of book distribution in Africa and the official literacy campaigns carried out by states and by UNESCO these days do not consider the noopolitics of which digitization and the book are vectors. ”53 Let us add that in Africa, the economy and the industry served by this noopolitics are at the beck and call of international financial speculators. Since the wave of made-to-order xxxiv | Preface to the English Edition “democratization” during the 1990s, books in Africa are no longer seized en masse by censorship, but they are increasingly shaped by consumerism.

Can we imagine American, Russian, French, British, or Chinese generals guilty of war crimes being judged by an international criminal tribunal? One could also mention the difficulties of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, whose procedural requirements made rape victims reiterate the acts that recalled their worst memories. These two problems—the fact that the International Criminal Tribunals lack a truly democratic and international character, and their poor adaptation to the way local cultures verbalize conflicts—oblige us to turn toward other modes of restorative justice.

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