Ethics & International Affairs Volume 18.3 (Winter 2004/2005): Recent Books: Shattered Voices: Language Violence and the Work of Truth Commissions, by Teresa Godwin Phelps [Excerpt]

Dec 15, 2004

Mark Sanders (reviewer)

The court of law shares much with theater. This idea is elaborated by Teresa Godwin Phelps in Shattered Voices: Language, Violence, and the Work of Truth Commissions. By turning to drama and to the law, Phelps demonstrates how, in an era when truth commissions are at the fulcrum of "transitional justice," soliciting the testimony of victims and commanding that of perpetrators in forums other than criminal trials may achieve a dimension of justice lost in traditional juridical proceedings.

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