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This concluding chapter brings together the threads of the book to summarise what can be learnt from the transitional justice citizen and how as a concept it can help the field understand on concrete terms agency, context, and the importance of the intersection between historical struggle and contemporary claim-making. This approach is intended to encourage other scholars to work on and with the transitional justice citizen, to go beyond a snapshot approach of a society reckoning with a violent past to probe more deeply into what might seem like failings or problematic processes and outcomes, as well as to interrogate more closely and ask different questions to different actors about what counts and justice, what counts as success. Inevitably this will connect together the aims of transitional justice processes with the everyday polity, citizens, and their grievances which might not otherwise be considered transitional justice concerns. This is a continual movement between the possibility of contestation, the redefinition of claim-making, and the actual foreclosure of options. The transitional justice citizen offers a productive way of capturing it.

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