Source: (2004) Queensland University of Techology Law and Justice Journal (QUTLJJ). 4(1): 117-120. Downloaded 30 November 2004.

In this article Rachael Field reviews Charles Barton’s book Restorative Justice – The Empowerment Model (Hawkins Press, 2003). Barton’s book consists of a resource for practitioners, professionals involved with restorative conferencing, and tertiary educators and students. While the book started out as a group conferencing manual, it also provides practitioners with a strong theoretical or conceptual framework for their work. The framework Barton develops in this book offers practitioners an alternative to John Brathwaite’s theoretical framework of reintegrative shaming. That alternative is an empowerment paradigm that has origins in victim empowerment and victim justice. In general, Field finds Barton’s book valuable for emphasizing practical conferencing issues, strategies, and techniques, as well as for locating those within a clear theoretical context.

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