Anika Oettler

The Scope and Selectivity of Comparative Area Studies: Transitional Justice Research

GIGA Working Paper, No. 246, May 2014

Abstract
The paper discusses how current methodological debates on the potential of comparative area studies intersect with current trends in transitional justice research. As the field of transitional justice studies is approaching saturation, academic efforts in this field are increasingly focused on empirical as well as theoretical generalization. The challenge of comparative transitional justice research is less to weigh the national impacts of policies than to incorporate a more historicized conception of causality that includes complex longterm processes and global interdependencies. From the perspective of comparative area studies, the case of transitional justice studies testifies to the need to combine the local, national, transnational, translocal, and global levels of analysis.

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Prof. Dr. Anika Oettler is a professor of sociology at Philipps‐Universität Marburg and an associate researcher at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies. She has published extensively on transitional justice, historical memory, and violence.

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Transitional Justice, Recognition, and Authoritative Power

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in: Hanno Bruchmann / Anna Dobelmann / Annika Hartmann / Aylin Kruse / Manuel Schulz / Sarah Helen Sott (eds.), Medien und Demokratie in Lateinamerika, Berlin: Karl Dietz Verlag, 2012, 200-220

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Putsch in Honduras: Störfall in der defekten Demokratie

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