Bringing reconciliation to Sierra Leone
The global reconciliation discourse and its local performance
in Discourse, normative change and the quest for reconciliation in global politics
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Chapter 5 moves from the global to the local level and explores how the global constructions of reconciliation are brought to a local post-conflict situation and how they perform there. Focusing on the example of Sierra Leone, the chapter shows how the activities of global reconciliation agents were crucial for shaping the local reconciliation process according to the global standards, despite some local resistance. Once the global constructions shaped the local understanding of reconciliation, the reconciliation discourse performed by producing a particular ‘reconciliation reality’ in the country. The reconciliation discourse constructed Sierra Leone’s post-war society as the ‘victims’ and ‘perpetrators’ of past human rights violations, which are in need of reconciliation and healing. This re-interpretation must not be understood as a neutral or innocent process, however. Rather, the reconciliation discourse thereby overwrote and neutralized the polarized identities that had emerged from the narrative on the civil war, such as ‘rebel’, ‘soldier’, or ‘civilian collaborator’, and it also overwrote the political demands raised by these identities.

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