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Title: Different mechanisms, same result: Remembering the liberation war in Mozambique
Authors: Bueno, Natália 
Keywords: Colonial war; Critical junctures; Memory; Mozambique; Path dependence; Transitional justice
Issue Date: 22-Feb-2021
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/715593/EU 
Serial title, monograph or event: Memory Studies
Abstract: Even though scholars have made substantial contributions in connecting the fields of transitional justice and memory studies, important questions remain unanswered. The question of sequencing is one of them. How does a certain TJ mechanism condition the implementation of subsequent mechanisms and how together they shape memory narratives in a given society? This article builds on the case of Mozambique. Soon after the signing of the General Peace Agreement in 1992, the Frelimo-led government approved Amnesty Law 15/92 and with it, the past was to be left in the past. Such a choice was different from the one taken by Samora Machel—Mozambique’s first president—between 1975 and 1982. By promoting a quasi-truth commission, Machel revisited Mozambique’s colonial past and brought comprometidos’ actions into the open. This article finds that whether the government opened up about the past or sought to leave it behind, the result has been the same: the celebratory reproduction of the liberation war narrative. Resorting to path dependence and critical junctures, this study explains the ways in which such a narrative has become hegemonic throughout the last four decades.
Description: OnlineFirst
ISSN: 1750-6980
DOI: 10.1177/1750698021995993
Rights: openAccess
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