Restorative Justice, Globalisation and the Logic of Empire
J. McCulloch & S. Pickering, eds., BORDERS AND TRANSNATIONAL CRIME: PRE-CRIME, MOBILITY AND SERIOUS HARM IN AN AGE OF GLOBALISATION, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 99-113, 2012
26 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2013 Last revised: 16 Jan 2013
Date Written: January 5, 2013
The purpose of this chapter is twofold. First, to explore more fully the relationship between restorative justice and what is here termed the ‘logic of empire,’ by examining the role of restorative justice in neoliberal crime control strategies and the broader role played by these strategies in reproducing a particular cultural logic or hegemonic norm about the nature of offending and victimization. Second, to consider the role of restorative justice in the global exchange of crime control strategies, with particular attention paid to the place of restorative justice in achieving justice in transitional societies. The author argues that the universal good that restorative justice promises is firmly captured within a very particular set of processes, which can be understood more generally as neoliberal approaches to crime control. Thus, to the extent that neoliberalism dominates a new globalised world order, restorative justice takes its place without any significant challenge to the values that underpin the new order.
Keywords: Restorative Justice, Logic of Empire, Neoliberalism, Crime Control, Offending, Victimisation
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