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Title: Reshaping Transition : urbicide and grassroots perspectives of justice in Nahr el Bared refugee camp in Lebanon
Author: Sobout, Azadeh
ISNI:       0000 0004 6499 0445
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2017
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Locating urbicide within a transitional justice paradigm, this thesis explores the urbicidal destruction of Nahr el Bared refugee camp in 2007 to examine the political and conceptual impacts of such destruction and grassroots understanding of justice for the displaced Palestinian community. Shedding light on how transition has reshaped imageries of justice for a community living in a ‘permanent impermanence' (Sayigh, 2005, p.17), the research elaborates on the need for consideration of inter-disciplinary methodologies, models and practices that go beyond the usual frame of the transition and displacement. The thesis aims at reframing transitional justice norms, knowledge and practices by exploring two interlinked questions in depth: In what ways do grassroots justice initiatives and practices contribute to localising transitional justice in the aftermath of the urbicide? And whether community-based reconstruction mechanisms provide a platform for 'a thicker understanding of justice’ (McEvoy, 2007, p.414)? By documenting how grassroots refugee initiatives are translated into values underpinning transitional justice, the thesis informs a 'reconceptualization of justice’ (Kent, 2012, p.205) that engages with restoration of truth, memorialisation and governance in the post-war reconstruction process. The findings of this thesis contribute to the on-going debates on transitional justice from the grassroots perspective and advocate an active voice for refugees within transitional justice discourse. Seeing justice as a grassroots construct, the thesis concludes that local justice practices not only have the potential to expand our knowledge of the conflict, but also to inform a broader struggle for recognition of the right of certain individuals and communities who are denied 'the right to have rights' (Arendt in Cotter, 2005, p.95). Such re-envisioning has the potential to open up new avenues for reimagining the past, and therefore, leading to the emergence of a more 'dynamic', 'grounded' and locally embedded approach to the future of transitional justice in practice (Kent, 2011, p.434).
Supervisor: O'Connell, Rory ; Rooney, Eilish ; McWilliams, Monica Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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