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Restorative Justice and Civil Society

Restorative Justice and Civil Society


Heather Strang, John Braithwaite, Clifford Shearing, Lawrence Sherman, George Pavlich, Chris Cunneen, Sinclair Dinnen, Ted Wachtel, Paul McCold, John McDonald, David Moore, James Ritchie, Terry O'Connor, Sir Charles Pollard, Lisa Cameron, Margaret Thorsborne, Brenda Morrison, David Bayley
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  • Date Published: July 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521000536

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  • Advocates of restorative justice question the state's ability to deliver satisfactory justice to the community, both in criminal and other cases. This collaborative 2001 volume looks at the burgeoning restorative justice movement and considers the relationship between restorative justice and civil society, examining debates and exploring ideas about who should 'control' restorative justice, the state or civil society. A diverse range of chapters, written by leaders in the field, engage with different aspects of restorative justice. Genuinely international, the book addresses aspects of civil society including schools, families, churches and private workplaces, the women's movement, victims of crime and indigenous groups. It also considers broader issues such as democracy, human rights, access and equity. A dynamic and provocative volume, this book attempts to bring the ideals of restorative justice to life so that victims, offenders, their families and communities have more of a say in the justice process.

    • Combines theoretical and practical insights, including important new data, on restorative justice innovations
    • Fully international, including cases from UK, South Africa, USA, Papua New Guinea and Australia
    • Leading scholars in the field are represented here
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Mediation, community conferencing and victim impact statements all come under the rubric of restorative justice, an idea whose time has well and truly come. This book is thought-provoking reading for anyone with even a passing interest in alternative dispute resolution.' Law Institute Journal

    'The editors of this volume (who have done much to advocate and implement restorative justice arrangements in Australia) are to be commended both for their balanced introduction, and for bringing together a diverse range of contributors including zealots and sceptics.' Law Society Journal

    'The issues addressed in Restorative Justice and Civil Society go to the heart of how we think ab out crime, justice, the citizen and the state … a thought-provoking collection of essays.' Irish Jurist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521000536
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.378kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: restorative justice and civil society John Braithwaite and Heather Strang
    2. Transforming security: a South African experiment Clifford Shearing
    3. Two Protestant ethics and the spirit of restoration Lawrence Sherman
    4. The force of community George Pavlich
    5. The crime victim movement as a force in civil society Heather Strang
    6. Reparations and restorative justice: responding to the gross violation of human rights Chris Cunneen
    7. Restorative justice and civil society in Melanesia: the case of Papua New Guinea Sinclair Dinnen
    8. Restorative justice in everyday life: beyond the formal ritual Ted Wachtel and Paul McCold
    9. Community conferencing as a special case of conflict transformation John McDonald and David Moore
    10. Restorative justice and the need for restorative environments in bureaucracies and corporations James Ritchie and Terry O'Connell
    11. 'If your only tool is a hammer, all your problems will look like nails' Sir Charles Pollard
    12. Restorative justice and school discipline: mutually exclusive? Lisa Cameron and Margaret Thorsborne
    13. The school system: developing its capacity in the regulation of civil society Brenda Morrison
    14. Security and justice for all David Bayley.

  • Editors

    Heather Strang, Australian National University, Canberra

    John Braithwaite, Australian National University, Canberra


    Heather Strang, John Braithwaite, Clifford Shearing, Lawrence Sherman, George Pavlich, Chris Cunneen, Sinclair Dinnen, Ted Wachtel, Paul McCold, John McDonald, David Moore, James Ritchie, Terry O'Connor, Sir Charles Pollard, Lisa Cameron, Margaret Thorsborne, Brenda Morrison, David Bayley

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