Friday, February 8, 2008

Nobles on Politics of Official Apologies

Professor Melissa Nobles of the MIT Political Science Department has just published The Politics of Official Apologies with Cambridge University Press. Here is the description from the Cambridge website:
This book examines the political uses of official apologies in the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Nobles explores why minority groups demand such apologies and why governments do or do not offer them. She argues that apologies can help to alter the terms and meanings of national membership. Minorities demand apologies in order to focus attention on historical injustices, the rectification of which, they argue, should guide changes in present-day government policies. When employed by political actors, apologies play an important, if under appreciated, role in bringing certain views about history and moral obligation to bear in public life.
I'm looking forward to reading this.