Understanding Restorative Justice Through the Lens of Critical Criminology

Australasian Teaching Critical Criminology Conference, Sydney Law School, July 2007

THE CRITICAL CRIMINOLOGY COMPANION, C. Cunneen and T. Anthony, eds., pp. 290-302, Hawkins Press (an Imprint of Federation Press), 2008

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2008-20

13 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2009

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Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Date Written: July 13, 2007

Abstract

This chapter outlines some of the key issues that have emerged in critiques of restorative justice. Finding answers to these criticisms is an important part of developing restorative justice practice and theory in a way that is sensitive to issues of social justice and political transformation. It is important to recognize that many progressive political activists see restorative justice as a preferable policy alternative to more punitive criminal justice approaches. The question is whether restorative justice can actually live up to their expectations.

Keywords: Restorative justice, critiques, critical criminology, social justice

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Cunneen, Chris, Understanding Restorative Justice Through the Lens of Critical Criminology (July 13, 2007). Australasian Teaching Critical Criminology Conference, Sydney Law School, July 2007; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2008-20. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1338357

Chris Cunneen (Contact Author)

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

PO Box 6811
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

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