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Rhetoric, Politics and Society

On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies

Editors: Mihai, M., Thaler, M. (Eds.)

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Examining the complex nature of state apologies for past injustices, this probes the various functions they fulfil within contemporary democracies. Cutting-edge theoretical and empirical research and insightful philosophical analyses are supplemented by real-life case studies, providing a normative and balanced account of states saying 'sorry'.

About the authors

Danielle Celermajer, University of Sydney, Australia Michael Cunningham, University of Wolverhampton, UK Stefan Engert, J. W. Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Germany Juan Espindola, National University of Mexico Neil Funk-Unrau, Menno Simons College, Canada Cindy Holder, University of Victoria, Canada Michel-André Horelt, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany Alice MacLachlan, York University, Canada Melissa Nobles, Massachusetts Insitute of Technology, USA Nina Schneider, University of Konstanz, Germany Nick Smith, University of New Hampshire, USA

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'This outstanding collection delivers on its title, going straight to what is specifically political in political apologies and showing how political apologies can be better or worse. These concise and vibrant essays, threaded throughout with concrete and timely examples, break through commonplaces to new insight and theory. This book is essential for those concerned with the practice or the theory of apology in the political realm and with the role of apology in societies dealing with the past.' - Margaret Urban Walker, Donald J. Schuenke Chair in Philosophy, Marquette University, USA

'In an age of 'meae culpae", On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies provides a theoretically rich and clear-eyed critique of the motivations behind official acts of regret and the meaning, if any, that victims of state violence derive from them. Are state apologies a 'smoke screen' for obscuring the political will to hold perpetrators accountable and compensate victims? Or can they provide a tangible and visible expression of official acknowledgement and change? This book delivers poignant insights into this conundrum-both ominous and hopeful.' - Eric Stover is Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and the author of The Witnesses: War Crimes and the Promise of Justice in The Hague

'This volume explores some of the conundrums and complexities of the political apology. By examining cases arising in a number of national contexts, it provides a valuable contribution to the vibrant debate over the usefulness of apologies for past political misdeeds. Anyone examining this area will have to wrestle with it.' - John Torpey, Professor of Sociology, The Graduate Centre, City University of New York, USA.


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Mihai, Mihaela (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Beyond the Ideal Political Apology

    MacLachlan, Alice

    Pages 13-31

  • Political Apologies and Categorical Apologies

    Smith, Nick

    Pages 32-51

  • From

    Celermajer, Danielle

    Pages 55-75

  • The Power of Ritual Ceremonies in State Apologies: An Empirical Analysis of the Bilateral Polish-Russian Commemoration Ceremony in Katyn in 2010

    Horelt, Michel-André

    Pages 76-95

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies
Editors
  • M. Mihai
  • M. Thaler
Series Title
Rhetoric, Politics and Society
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-34372-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137343727
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-34371-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-46582-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 258
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