Source: (2003) In, Kieran McEvoy and Tim Newburn,eds., Criminology, Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice. Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK and New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan. Pp. 1-20.

Editors and contributors to this book, Kieran McEvoy and Tim Newburn introduce the book in this first chapter to it. They explain the impetus for this collection of essays in the inadequacy of criminology to engage substantively with the processes of conflict resolution. With this as the starting point, their focus in the book soon broadened to include conflict resolution not just at the political or macro-level level within states, but also micro-conflict resolution in a number of settings. This broadening focus in the book stretches to include chapters on micro-conflict resolution between indigenous and metropolitan cultures, within and between justice systems, and within neighborhoods. Again, their aim is to link the criminological enterprise in a more systemic and theoretical fashion to the contours of conflict and the process of conflict resolution. With all of this in mind, McEvoy and Newburn go on in this chapter to summarize each of the succeeding chapters in the book.