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Restorative Justice and "Empowerment": Producing and Governing Active Subjects through "Empowering" Practices

Richards, Kelly

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During the last quarter-century, restorative justice has emerged as a widely-utilised response to crime in Western nations. This article, which stems from a Foucauldian genealogy of restorative justice, argues that its embeddedness within the discourse of "empowerment" renders restorative justice a politically acceptable response to crime. "Empowerment", it is argued, is one of many conditions of emergence of restorative justice. The discourse of "empowerment" underpins restorative justice in...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorRichards, Kelly
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:13:40Z
dc.identifier.issn1205-8629
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/64522
dc.description.abstractDuring the last quarter-century, restorative justice has emerged as a widely-utilised response to crime in Western nations. This article, which stems from a Foucauldian genealogy of restorative justice, argues that its embeddedness within the discourse of "empowerment" renders restorative justice a politically acceptable response to crime. "Empowerment", it is argued, is one of many conditions of emergence of restorative justice. The discourse of "empowerment" underpins restorative justice in tangible ways, and has informed legislation and policy in Western jurisdictions. This article seeks to problematise the taken-for-granted nature of this discourse. It argues that the discourse of "empowerment" produces restorative justice subjects who are increasingly governed and governable. As "empowering" restorative practices are targeted towards "disempowered" individuals and communities, concerns are raised about the potential of restorative justice to disproportionately impact upon socially marginalised populations and to increase social exclusion.
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.sourceCritical Criminology
dc.titleRestorative Justice and "Empowerment": Producing and Governing Active Subjects through "Empowering" Practices
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume2010
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor180199 - Law not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationf2965xPUB954
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationRichards, Kelly, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issueOnline 14 Sept 2010
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage15
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s10612-010-9106-8
local.identifier.absseo940408 - Rehabilitation and Correctional Services
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T09:41:10Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-79956288389
local.identifier.thomsonID000306240700001
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