Just Emotions: Rituals of Restorative Justice by Meredith RossnerJust Emotions: Rituals of Restorative Justice by Meredith Rossner

Just Emotions: Rituals of Restorative Justice

byMeredith Rossner

Hardcover | November 10, 2013

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Even as restorative justice has captured the attention of justice practitioners, academics and communities worldwide and most research suggests that it has the potential to repair the harm of a criminal offense and reduce offending, there is also evidence that it can have no effect or evenmake things worse. Just Emotions: Rituals of Restorative Justice attempts to address these conflicting findings by analyzing how conferences work as a unique form of justice ritual. With a pioneering new approach to the micro-level study of the processes and emotions involved in successful conferences, this book offers clues on how to improve the practice and increase successful outcomes. Using an eclectic methodological approach, the author presents a model that adaptsGoffman's and Collins' ideas about the interaction ritual chain by focusing on participants' emotions, emotional turning points, and the emergence of rhythm and solidarity between participants. The approach involves a contrasting systematic empirical program, including a combination of qualitativeinterviews, detailed observations of discourse, face and demeanour, and quantitative analysis of systematically observed conferences, in order to improve the capacity of facilitators and practitioners to produce successful outcomes. Offering an exploration of how rituals unfold dynamically in space and time, alongside analysis of both failed and successful rituals, Just Emotions provides a statistical model of the ritual elements of restorative justice and how these rituals may impact reoffending.
Dr Meredith Rossner is a Research Fellow for the Justice Research Group at the University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia. She received her PhD in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania and has conducted original research on the emotional dynamics and crime reduction potential of face-to-face restorative jus...
Title:Just Emotions: Rituals of Restorative JusticeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:November 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199655049

ISBN - 13:9780199655045

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The promise of emotional transformation3. The ritual elements4. A micro analysis of restorative justice5. Preparing for powerful rituals6. Short-term outcomes in restorative justice7. Long-term consequences of successful interaction rituals8. Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

"I have seen the future of criminology and it is Just Emotions. Rossner's fascinating book is a first step to a new approach to criminal justice research that is process-based, alert to emotional and symbolic dynamics, micro-level, and above all appreciative of the role of ritual in thejustice process. More of this please!" --Shadd Maruna, Director, Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice Queen's University Belfast