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The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Managing the Power Within

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Edited by: Theo Gavrielides

ISBN13: 9781472455307
Published: November 2015
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This ground-breaking collection dares to take the next step in the advancement of an autonomous, inter-disciplinary restorative justice field of study.

It brings together social psychology, legal theory, neuroscience, affect-script psychology, sociology, forensic mental health, political sciences, psychology and positive psychology to articulate for the first time a psychological concept of restorative justice. To this end, the book studies the power structures of the restorative justice movement, the very psychology, motivations and emotions of the practitioners who implement it as well as the drivers of its theoreticians and researchers.

Furthermore, it examines the strengths and weakness of our own societies and the communities that are called to participate as parties in restorative justice. Their own biases, hunger for power and control, fears and hopes are investigated. The psychology and dynamics between those it aims to reach as well as those who are funding it, including policy makers and politicians, are looked into. All these questions lead to creating an understanding of the psychology of restorative justice. The book is essential reading for academics, researchers, policymakers, practitioners and campaigners.

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Foreword, Shadd Maruna
Introduction, Theo Gavrielides.

Part I Developing Theory: Social Sciences Meet Psychology and Neuroscience: A micro-social psychology of restorative justice: the contribute of positioning theory, Giuseppe Maglione
The group and cultural context of restorative justice: a social psychological perspective, Julie Van de Vyver, Giovanni A. Travaglino, Milica Vasiljevic and Dominic Abrams
Towards a neuroscience of morality, Daniel Reisel
Restorative practices, affect script psychology and the social and emotional aspects of learning, Nicola Preston
Restorative justice and psychology: positivism in criminology again? A few theoretical reflections, Vasso Artinopoulou.

Part II Critical Issues: The psychology of restorative practice in forensic mental health recovery, Gerard Drennan, Andy Cook and Henry Kiernan
The concept of humiliation as a critical issue in restorative justice: an exploration, Rina Kashyap
Re-entry circles for the innocent: the psychological benefits of restorative justice and taking responsibility in response to injustice, Lorenn Walker
Trauma-informed rehabilitation and restorative justice, Judah Oudshoorn
Challenging power dynamics in restorative justice, Mikhail Lyubansky and Elaine Shpungin.

Part III New Research: The psychology of restorative justice: creating the inner and outer space for change: an observation of restorative justice meetings, Piers Worth, Theo Gavrielides, Matthew Smith, Andriana Ntziadima and Ioanna Gouseti
Positive psychology as a contribution to rehabilitation in restorative justice systems: analysis of two cases of penal mediation in Chile, Isabel Gonzalez Ramirez, Maria Soledad Fuentealba Martinez and Samuel Malamud Herrera. Concluding Thoughts: The sceptic and the believer: the psychology of restorative justice, Theo Gavrielides. Index.