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Handbook of Restorative Justice

A Global Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Dennis Sullivan, Larry Tifft


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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.


'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

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

Dennis Sullivan is Adjunct Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany and is founder and director of the Institute for Economic and Restorative Justice.

Larry Tifft is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Central Michigan University. His research interests are radical criminology and restorative justice.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology