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Reparations claims: politics by another name

Political Power and Social Theory

ISBN: 978-0-76231-340-2, eISBN: 978-1-84950-437-9

ISSN: 0198-8719

Publication date: 10 October 2006


In his article, “Modes of Repair: Reparations and Citizenship in the Dawn of the New Millennium,” John Torpey argues that reparations claims are mere extensions of identity politics and its preoccupation with group victimization and historical injustice. This essay takes another view, arguing that reparations politics is both a tactic used by groups to enhance their citizenship and a response to government's failure to address enduring and deeply rooted inequalities. Historical grievances are part of the political toolbox that groups employ to advance their interests. Reparations claims are pluralist politics by another name. Why would we expect them to be otherwise?


Nobles, M. (2006), "Reparations claims: politics by another name", Davis, D.E. (Ed.) Political Power and Social Theory (Political Power and Social Theory, Vol. 18), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 253-258.



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