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Speaking Justice, Performing Reconciliation: Twin Challenges for a Postcolonial Ethics

Tracey Nicholls

Published: 2010-05-06

This article is concerned with problems of injustice that arise from law's emphasis on the status quo. Nicholls explores the efficacy and pitfalls of improvised movements--undertaken within an extra-legal social sphere--with particular attention to the possibilities of truth and reconciliation commissions.

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Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.