Theories and practices of justice do not meet the socio-political challenges of our times. For those theorists attempting to develop an alternative to the criminal justice system, restorative justice has provided an alternative horizon. The restorative justice approach involves meeting people, understanding and recognising their vulnerability through participatory and deliberative forums and practices. The aim of this collection is to bridge the distance between restorative justice and the critical theory tradition. It, on the one hand, takes into account the limits of restorative justice as they have been articulated, or can be articulated through critical social theory, and on the other hand emphasises the ground-breaking potential that restorative justice can bring to this tradition as a way to address crimes, conflicts and injustices, and to pursue justice.
Ivo Aertsen is Professor of Criminology at the University of Leuven. Brunilda Pali is Researcher at the Leuven Institute of Criminology at the University of Leuven.
Introduction: Restorative Justice and Critical Social Theory Brunilda Pali and Ivo Aertsen Part I: Bridging the Theoretical Gap and Sharpening the Critical Edge 1. Is a Critical Model of Restorative Justice Possible? A Penal Abolitionist Approach Daniel Achutti 2. Deconstructing Empowerment in Restorative Justice Daniela Bolivar 3. Restorative Justice and the Decision-making Process: Beyond Deliberative Democracy? Raffaella da Porciuncula Pallamolla 4. Doing Restorative Justice `Otherwise': Decolonising Practices in the Global South Harry Blagg 5. Outlining a Historical and Critical Ontology of Restorative Justice Giuseppe Maglione 6. Restorative Justice is Not a Panacea Against All Social Evils Lode Walgrave 7. Restorative Justice, Procedural Justice and Care Josep Tamarit Sumalla Part II: Applying Analytical Tools and Frameworks to Research and Practice 8. Restorative Justice and Democratic Citizenship: A New Social Pedagogy or Back to `Social Defence'? Leo Van Garsse 9. Old Goffman as a New Research Strategy in Restorative Justice Ida Helene Asmussen 10. Lifeworld, Law and Justice Katrin Kremmel and Christa Pelikan 11. `Cultural' Problematisations in the Restorative Justice Discourse Brunilda Pali 12. To Talk or Not to Talk? The Limits and Potential of Restorative Justice in Addressing Social Inequalities Borbala Fellegi, Gabor Hera and Gabriella Benedek 13. Digital Stories and Restorative Justice in Brussels Erik Claes, Iman Lechkar, Minne Huysmans and Nele Gulinck Part III: Philosophical Explorations for Restorative Justice 14. Restorative Justice and the Potential of `Exemplarity': In Search of a `Persuasive' Coherence Within Criminal Justice Claudia Mazzucato 15. The Broken Tablets of Moses and the Exodus from (Post-) Modernity: On Rethinking the Role and the Rule of Law in a Dialogical Way Federico Reggio 16. Control Society, Sovereign Victim Culture and Restorative Justice Ronnie Lippens 17. Promised Communities and Unrestored Justice George Pavlich 18. A Radical in Disguise: Judith Shklar's Victimology and Restorative Justice Antony Pemberton and Pauline GM Aarten