Source: (2009) Law and Contemporary Problems. 72(2):27-31.

Experience has shown that large- and small-scale community reconciliation efforts also highlight these inadequacies in the theoretical knowledge of individual, dyadic conflicts in the larger context of understanding the emotions around group conflict. A capital trial, with all of its different participants, “camps or groups,” and power dynamics, can be seen as a microcosm of a community. In individual, dyadic conflicts, apologies usually precede forgiveness, and apologies are typically preceded by a new understanding of the circumstances of the past. Is it possible to create this scenario on a large scale, such as that of a community involved in a capital trial, or for a civic community? And if so, how? (excerpt)

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