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Coming to terms with past injustices working through its traumatic inheritances: about the public policies of reparation in Brazil

Grant number: 13/06039-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2013
Effective date (End): June 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Principal Investigator:Jose Antonio Vasconcelos
Grantee:Johnny Roberto Rosa
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This article explores the discussions about moral/symbolic politics of reparation, paying special attention to the circumstances in which such public politics are contemplated by the Amnesty Commission from the Brazilian Ministry of Justice when dealing with past injustices committed by the Brazilian military dictatorship. Therefore, by developing the discussions about the Brazilian Amnesty Commission's role and the pace established by the controlled political opening concerning amnesty meanings and extensions fostering politics of reparation, it is aimed to understand which measures of transitional justice are being adopted by the Brazilian State, emphasizing the importance of justice and history memory as tools for moral compensation and for the promotion of social mourning. The dynamics of coming to terms with certain traumatic events, which will then lead to the process of working through the past by the collective mourning, and the realization of concepts of institutionalized morality that inform historical knowledge will be under consideration. Accordingly, the emergence and the paths of commitment to and social use of history, aligned with the consolidation of a society marked by the enduring and permanent effects of traumatic injustices perpetrated in the past, are also purposes of this article. (AU)

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ROSA, Johnny Roberto. Working through a traumatic past: from acknowledging victims and past atrocities to overcoming the legacies of violence from the civil-military dictatorship in Brazil. 2017. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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