Source: (2012) Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. 39(4):73-96.
Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRCs) are among the
primary means for promoting reconciliation in communities recovering from violent conflict. However, there is a lack of consensus about what reconciliation means or how it is best achieved.
In a qualitative study of the first TRC in the U.S., this research
interviewed victims of racial violence who participated in the
Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission (GTRC),
a community-based restorative justice intervention. Findings
reveal that participants conceptualized reconciliation as a multileveled process, that different concepts of reconciliation influenced assessments of the success and limitations of the GTRC,
and indicate how community-based restorative interventions
can be improved to contribute to reconciliation in a local setting. (author’s abstract)
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