Debating Restorative Justice

Debating Restorative Justice

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Debating Law is a new, exciting series that gives scholarly experts the opportunity to offer contrasting perspectives on significant topics of contemporary, general interest. In this first volume of the series Carolyn Hoyle argues that communities and the state should be more restorative in responding to harms caused by crimes, antisocial behaviour and other incivilities. She supports the exclusive use of restorative justice for many non-serious offences, and favours approaches that, by integrating restorative and retributive philosophies, take restorative practices into the 'deep end' of criminal justice. While acknowledging that restorative justice appears to have much to offer in terms of criminal justice reform, Chris Cunneen offers a different account, contending that the theoretical cogency of restorative ideas is limited by their lack of a coherent analysis of social and political power. He goes on to argue that after several decades of experimentation, restorative justice has not produced significant change in the criminal justice system and that the attempt to establish it as a feasible alternative to dominant practices of criminal justice has failed. This lively and valuable debate will be of great interest to everyone interested in the criminal justice system.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 18mm | 240.4g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Hart Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1849460221
  • 9781849460224
  • 611,717

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... Debating Restorative Justice provides a clear and accessible introduction to the key debates within restorative justice. The presentation of both author's arguments in sequence is a major strength of the book. Both authors offer convincing arguments from their individual stances, which in combination makes for an interesting contribution to wider policy and practice debates...practitioners...would do well to read this book, using the debates rehearsed as a way of reflecting upon their own practice and ways of 'doing' restoriative justice. Linda Asquith Criminology and Criminal Justice Volume 12, Number 1 The juxtaposition of [the] respective positions provides an accessible, engaging scholarly and thought-provoking read. It is almost impossible, in a review of this length, to 'do justice' to Debating Restorative Justice. Chris Cunneen's and Carolyn Hoyle's essays provide crucial critical insights and authoritatively executed scholarly analyses that serve to reflect, define and extend the core debates in equal measure. It is a remarkable achievement and their book launches the Debating Law series to excellent effect. Barry Goldson Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology Volume 44, 2011 ...this is a thought-provoking, interestingly conceived book. C. Powell, University of Southern Maine CHOICE - Current Reviews for Academic Libraries September 2011, Vol. 49, No. 1 This stimulating and thought-provoking read is the first volume in a new 'Debating Law' series. ... these essays provide a critical but accessible introduction to the current debate. The merit of this work is that it is not simply an informative outline of theories and practices. As a tool of learning, the dialectical structure is excellent. Both authors make useful references to theoreticians, practices and case studies, and Hoyle provides an extensive bibliography. A must read for the student of criminology, law and sociology, we can eagerly await the next in the series. Christine Baker JUSTICE Journal July 2011 This new and interesting series is an opportunity for expert scholars to offer contrasting perspectives on contemporary issues which will be welcomed by the thoughtful undergraduate criminologist. There are many useful references and the 'Debating Law' series will be an additional invaluable source for the inquisitive criminologist who will always be on the look-out for some answers...even though it is clear from the finely balanced arguments of both schools of thought , that the debate will continue for a long time to come! Philip Taylor November 2010

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About Chris Cunneen

Chris Cunneen is Professor of Criminology at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia. Carolyn Hoyle is Professor of Criminology and a Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford.

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