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Analyzing the relationship between globalization and cultures is the core objective of this volume. In it leading experts track cultural trends in all regions of the world, covering issues ranging from the role of cultural difference in politics and governance to heritage conservation, artistic expression, and the cultural industries. The book also includes a data section that consolidates the recently commenced but still inchoate work of cultural indicators.

Performing Gacaca in Rwanda: Local Culture for Justice and Reconciliation
Performing Gacaca in rwanda: Local culture for justice and reconciliation

This essay examines the Gacaca, a traditional form of community mediation being used post-genocide in Rwanda, in relation to culture, globalization, and conflict. The Rwandan government deliberately sought out a time-honored local form of justice in reaction to the larger global forces impacting Rwanda, prior to and following the genocide. Although the traditional Gacaca provides a potential device for reconciliation, the integration of modern systems of justice into the re-invented version may limit its effectiveness. Two case studies illustrate the performance of Gacaca from a local to an international level, displaying the complexities of the internal socio-political and international forces impacting the Gacaca courts.


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