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From ‘what works’ to ‘how it works’ in research on restorative justice conferencing: The concept of readiness

journal contribution
posted on 01.12.2020, 00:00 by Masahiro SuzukiMasahiro Suzuki
While many empirical studies on restorative justice conferencing have been conducted in the context of ‘what works’, research on ‘how it works’ is scarce. Little is known about how, in what conditions and for whom restorative justice conferencing ‘works’. In this article, I aim to fill this gap in the literature by developing a concept of readiness. It refers to participants’ attitudes and emotional dispositions towards, and knowledge about, restorative justice conferencing and the other parties prior to the face-to-face dialogue process. I suggest that the concept of readiness may be a key independent variable to understand how restorative justice conferencing works because it reminds us that a restorative journey may begin before a face-to-face dialogue between participants take places. This article concludes by offering how it can be used in research on restorative justice conferencing.

History

Volume

2020

Issue

3

Start Page

356

End Page

373

eISSN

2589-0905

ISSN

2589-0891

Publisher

Eleven International Publishing

Additional Rights

CC-BY

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

The International Journal of Restorative Justice