Reconciliation after ethnic cleansing
Witnessing, retribution and domestic reform
in Potentials of disorder

This chapter addresses reconciliation in light of specific ethnic cleansings and 'ethnicisations', with a focus on the most examples in Bosnia. The precondition of reconciliation is a desire for non-repetition and an appreciation of the inter-subjectivity of the present. Such reconciliation is improbable if not impossible without domestic reform, without a new and more inclusive politics of the domestic group. The chapter addresses two separate but complementary processes as alternatives to revenge, and as modes of possible departure from violence, part of a politics of non-repetition. The first is witnessing and the second is legal redress of violence, or 'retributive justice'. The chapter demonstrates how the socio-political logic of ethnicisation feeds off the attempt to recover an individual loss through physical reproduction. Ethnicisation is a politics of repetition and is unlikely to lead to a departure from violence.

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