Resource Theory and Restoration: What is Restored in Restorative Justice?
Both restorative justice and resource theory focus attention on harmful interactions whose resolution sometimes requires the involvement of a third party. Ronald Cohen, in this chapter, reviews recent work in both traditions and underscores the importance of identifying and examining three issues that have escaped systematic attention. First, the nature of the central roles of victim, perpetrator, and “community” need to be clarified. Second, the complexities involved in shifting from a dyadic to a triadic social relation need to be addressed. And, third, the discursive dimension of status alignments and realignments needs to be analyzed. Cohen offers suggestions about why these issues are important and how they might be addressed.
KeywordsRestorative Justice Transitional Justice Resource Theory Indirect Reciprocity Strong Reciprocity
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