1st Edition

Handbook of Restorative Justice A Global Perspective

Edited By Dennis Sullivan, Larry Tifft Copyright 2006
    592 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    592 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Handbook of Restorative Justice is a collection of original, cutting-edge essays that offer an insightful and critical assessment of the theory, principles and practices of restorative justice around the globe. This much-awaited volume is a response to the cry of students, scholars and practitioners of restorative justice, for a comprehensive resource about a practice that is radically transforming the way the human community responds to loss, trauma and harm.

    Its diverse essays not only explore the various methods of responding nonviolently to harms-done by persons, groups, global corporations and nation-states, but also examine the dimensions of restorative justice in relation to criminology, victimology, traumatology and feminist studies. In addition, they contain prescriptions for how communities might re-structure their family, school and workplace life according to restorative values.

    This Handbook is an essential tool for every serious student of criminal, social and restorative justice.

    The Healing Dimension of Restorative Justice: A One-World Body  Section 1: Restorative Justice Processes and Practices  1. The Recent History of Restorative Justice: Mediation, Circles, and Conferencing  2. Victim Offender Mediation: An Evolving Evidence-Based Practice  3. Victim Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice: The European Landscape  4. Conferencing and Restorative Justice  5. Restorative Justice and Recidivism: Promises Made, Promises Kept?  6. Peacemaking Circles: Reflections on the Principal Features and Primary Outcomes  7. The Limits of Restorative Justice  Section 2: The Foundations of Restorative Justice  8. Navajo Peacemaking: Original Dispute Resolution and a Way of Life  9. The African Concept of Ubuntu and Restorative Justice  10. Spiritual Foundations of Restorative Justice  11. Empathy and Restoration  12. Sanctuary as a Refuge from State Justice  Section 3: The Needs of Victims and the Healing Process  13. Responding to the Needs of Victims: What Was Promised, What Has Been Delivered  14. Restoration of the Assumptive World as an Act of Justice  15. Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation: Story-telling for Healing, as Witness, and in Public Policy  16. Hearing the Victim’s Voice Amidst the Cry for Capital Punishment  17. The Other Victims: The Families of Those Punished by the State  Section 4: Making Things Right: Extending Restorative Justice  18. Changing Boundaries of the ‘Victim’ in Restorative Justice: So Who is the Victim Now?  19. Stopping Domestic Violence or Protecting Children? Contributions from Restorative Justice  20. Are There Limits to Restorative Justice? The Case of Child Sexual Abuse  21. Restoring Justice Through Forgiveness: The Case of Children in Northern Ireland  22. Restorative Justice in Transition: Ownership, Leadership, and 'Bottom Up' Human Rights  Section 5: Gross Human Rights Violations and Transitional Justice  23. Essential Elements of Healing After Massive Trauma: Complex Needs Voiced by Victims/Survivors  24. Exploring the Relationship Between Reparations, the Gross Violation of Human Rights, and Restorative Justice  25. Truth and Reconciliation in Serbia  26. Transitional Justice, Restoration, and Prosecution  27. Restorative Justice and the Governance of Security in the Southwest Pacific  28. Rwanda’s Failing Experiment in Restorative Justice  Section 6: Restorative Justice: Critical Commentaries on Restorative Justice  29. Restorative Justice and the Criminological Enterprise  30. Shame, Shaming and Restorative Justice: A Critical Appraisal  31. Community Justice Versus Restorative Justice: Contrasts in Family of Value  32. Postmodernism’s Challenges to Restorative Justice  33. A Feminist Vision of Justice? The Problems and Possibilities of Restorative Justice for Female Victims and Offenders  Section 7: Transformative Justice and Structural Change  34. Toward a 'Radical' Paradigm of Restorative Justice  35. Environmental Policy and Management in Costa Rica: Sustainable Development and the Challenge of Postmodern Capitalism  36. Reaching Toward a Structurally Responsive Training and Practice of Restorative Justice  37. The Good Samaritan or the Person in the Ditch? An Attempt to Live a Restorative Justice Lifestyle  38. Transformative Justice: The Transformation of Restorative Justice


    Sullivan, Dennis; Tifft, Larry

    'Dennis Sullivan and Larry Tifft have been inspirational leaders of the paradigm shifts in justice studies toward peacemaking and restorative justice.  This collection manifests the distinctiveness of their long-term project.  There are new and exciting reconceptualizations of criminology, rich historical, global and indigenous perspectives. It is a collection that breaks the mould of American criminology in constructive yet self-critical ways.' − John Braithwaite, Australian National University

    'Showcasing the very latest theory and research on restorative justice, this terrific volume is destined to become the major reference work in the field. The Handbook of Restorative Justice also breaks new ground with its truly global discussion of innovative practitioners and programs from around the world. Featuring wide-ranging contributions by renowned experts, the comprehensive and authoritative Handbook will be essential reading for criminologists and practitioners in the field. It will also prove an indispensable reference for other social scientists and students seeking state-of-the-art knowledge on contemporary criminal justice issues.' − Christopher Uggen, University of Minnesota

    'A fascinating and informative survey on an essential topic.  While making clear the aims and successes of restorative justice, this book is impeccably honest in also exploring its difficult challenges and limitations.  Restorative justice is not easy, but this book makes clear why and how it is so important.' − Priscilla Hayner, Director, International Policymakers Unit, International Center for Transitional Justice, New York

    'The Handbook represents an important contribution to the development of the restorative justice thought. Unlike many books in the area, the discussions are not limited to application of restorative justice within the criminal justice context. On the contrary, the book asserts that restorative justice philosophy has application to every aspect of social life, at every level of human interactions. Many essays offer a more radical vision of restorative justice than mainstream literature in the area does, extending restorative ideas to social justice matters, offering engaging discussions and challenging readers to think critically about the role and the potential of restorative justice.

    The book is highly recommended to students of criminal justice, criminology, law, sociology, conflict-resolution and related disciplines, as well as criminal justice practitioners, researchers and policy-makers and anybody with an interest in criminal and social justice issues in contemporary society.'Margarita Zernova, Restorative Justice Online