USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)


Philip Norris

First Advisor

Thomas W. Smith, Ph.D. College of Arts and Sciences · Government/International Affairs

Second Advisor

Alexander Mirkovic, Ph.D. College of Arts and Sciences History/Religious Studies


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Document Type


Date Available

April 2012

Publication Date


Date Issued

July 2004


One question looms in the wake of genocide. Which road to reconciliation? In this thesis, I examine the concept of reconciliation in both a theoretical and applied manner. By exploring three modem cases of genocide and the reconciliatory methods used in each, I have reached the following conclusion: Though gacaca (pronounced ga-CHA-cha), an informal, traditional, tribal form of justice and truth telling, is not a perfect solution to the problems presented by genocidal conflicts, its concept of blending retributive measures and restorative practices can provide a stable platform to promote reconciliation in future post genocidal cases.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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