The Narrative Architecture of Political Forgiveness

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Andrews, M. 2018. The Narrative Architecture of Political Forgiveness. Political Psychology. 40 (3), pp. 433-447.
AuthorsAndrews, M.
Abstract

Although there is widespread agreement with the argument that Hannah Arendt made more than half a century ago, that forgiveness is ‘one of the human faculties that make social change possible’, beyond this, there is little consensus of what it means. Applying a narrative structure to this discussion, there is a lack of clarity around questions of who, what, where, when, and why to forgive. This paper will explore the politics of forgiveness in East Germany, where these issues have been hotly contested for more than twenty-five years. The data examined in this article suggest that the fraught process of forgiveness embodies not consensus but contest, as people disagree on key questions such who has the right to forgive whom, for what, how long the window for the opportunity of forgiveness stays open, and even why these questions matter, not only for individuals but for the whole of society.

JournalPolitical Psychology
Journal citation40 (3), pp. 433-447
ISSN0162-895X
Year2018
PublisherWiley for International Society of Political Psychology
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/pops.12533
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12533
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Online16 Nov 2018
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Deposited06 Sep 2018
Accepted17 Aug 2018
Accepted17 Aug 2018
FunderMax‐Planck‐Institut fur Bildungsforschung
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
Max‐Planck‐Institut fur Bildungsforschung
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
Copyright information© 2018 International Society of Political Psychology. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Andrews, Molly, ‘The Narrative Architecture of Political Forgiveness’, Political Psychology, 40(3), pp. 433-447, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12533. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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