Truth and Indignation: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools, Second Edition
The original edition of Truth and Indignation offered the first close and critical assessment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as it was unfolding. Niezen used testimonies, texts, and visual materials produced by the Commission as well as interviews with survivors, priests, and nuns to raise important questions about the TRC process. He asked what the TRC meant for reconciliation, transitional justice, and conceptions of traumatic memory.
In this updated edition, Niezen discusses the Final Report and Calls to Action bringing the book up to date and making it a valuable text for teaching about transitional justice, colonialism and redress, public anthropology, and human rights. Thoughtful, provocative, and uncompromising in the need to tell the "truth" as he sees it, Niezen offers an important contribution to understanding truth and reconciliation processes in general, and the Canadian experience in particular.
- Series: Teaching Culture: UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom
- World Rights
- Page Count: 208 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
Reviews"...a tremendous step forward from a scholarly human rights culture that has been overly awed by the truth commission phenomenon and far too slow in probing beneath the surfaces."
Human Rights Quarterly
"Niezen opts for a clinical remove from the moral content of the story, in order to observe the TRC more critically. There was an easier book to write, but Truth and Indignation is more nuanced, more challenging, and as a result more stimulating."
Literary Review of Canada
"Niezen pushes the boundaries of our understanding of what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission can and should mean."
Joanna Quinn, Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Western University
"A brilliant book!"
Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Wilfrid Laurier University
"A rare combination of intellectual poetry and absolutely necessary social science."
Mark Goodale, University of Lausanne
Author InformationRonald Niezen is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and in the Faculty of Law and holds the Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Sociey and Public Policy at McGill University. His books include Public Justice and the Anthropology of Law (2010) and the co-edited volume Palaces of Hope: The Anthropology of Global Organizations (2017).
Table of contents
List of Abbreviations
List of Figures
Preface to the Second Edition
1. The Sense of Injustice
2. The Unfolding
3. The Process
4. Templates and Exclusions
6. Traumatic Memory
7. Witnessing History
Subjects and Courses