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Crime and Compensation in North Africa A Social Anthropology Essay

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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 05/2021
Edizione: 1st ed. 2021


As the 21st century began, Algeria, Morocco, and North Sudan launched some much-publicised “reconciliation” policies, or, in the case of North Sudan, “pacification” policies. Algeria, following its Clemency policy (1995) and Civil Concord Law (1999), held a referendum in 2005 and subsequently implemented the measures of its Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation. This charter is Algeria’s latest policy aimed at settling the accounts of a murderous decade (1990s) between the state and armed Islamic groups. In Morocco, an arbitration committee was set up in 1999, followed by the Equity and Reconciliation Commission in 2004, to turn the page on the “Years of Lead”—a period during the rule of King Hassan II during which state crimes such as torture, imprisonment, and murder were committed. Finally, in Sudan (North Sudan since 2011), peace negotiations were held in 1989 and a peace process has been ongoing since 2005, with an aim to resolve violent conflicts and war crimes that are shaking Darfur and North Kordofan. At the centre of all these reconciliation and pacification mechanisms lies a practice that has been scarcely studied: (monetary) compensation for the crimes committed.

Shedding light on this under-studied topic from the North African field, this volume investigates: What meanings can compensation have when it is aimed at repairing crimes? Is it necessary, sufficient, or admissible? How can it be implemented and accepted by the victims themselves and by society? These questions about compensation lead the reader through discussions on the nature of crime, punishment, reparation, reconciliation, and the way these concepts were and are now understood in these three North African countries.


1. Introduction.- 2. What reconciling means.- 3. On compensation.- 4. Compensation in North Africa.- 5. Punishing crime.- 6. Repairing crime.- 7. States and mediators: towards a new reparation paradigm.- 8. Conclusion. 


Yazid Ben Hounet is a social anthropologist and research fellow at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique and member of the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale (CNRS, Collège de France, EHESS). His research concerns the intersection of legal and political anthropology, particularly in Muslim contexts.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 210 x 148 mm Ø 341 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:1 Illustrations, black and white
Pagine Arabe: 140
Pagine Romane: xiii
Traduttore: Sagar, Christine

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