The role of honour, dignity, and face in transitional justice in post-conflict Cyprus

Psaltis, Charis, Kirchner-Häusler, Alexander, Uskul, Ayse, Kovras, Iosif and Eleftheriou, Androulla (2022) The role of honour, dignity, and face in transitional justice in post-conflict Cyprus. Peace and Conflict: journal of peace psychology. ISSN 1078-1919 (Accepted)

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Transitional justice can help secure some level of justice for victims of human rights violations and reinforce the possibilities for peace, democracy, and reconciliation in societies that have experienced human rights abuses. Despite growing literature on the drives of transitional justice, little emphasis has been paid to the role of culture on shaping transitional justice preferences. The primary objective of the paper was to test the role of honor, face and dignity values in preferences for transitional justice in the context of post-conflict Cyprus. The major hypothesis tested was that honor values would be predictive of retributive (and not reconciliatory) justice preferences overvand above any reconciliation related attitudes and intergroup contact. We recruited 450 Greek Cypriots in Cyprus, part of the Mediterranean region characterized by salience of honor values. They completed a questionnaire including measures assessing transitional justice preferences, honor, face and dignity values and other well-known predictors of transitional justice preferences concerning reconciliation attitudes (intergroup contact, trust, prejudice) and demographic variables. Analyses revealed that honor and dignity values predicted retributive justice preferences over and above other reconciliation related variables. Although not significant, there was suggestive evidence that face values predicted transitional justice in the opposite way to honor and dignity values.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: honor, Cyprus, transitional justice, contact, trust, prejudice
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2023 13:41
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2023 13:42

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