Source: (1994) In: D. Biles and S. McKillop (eds.), Criminal Justice Planning and Coordination. Conference Proceedings No. 24, Canberra, AUS: Australian Institute of Criminology.This paper proposes that the affect theory of Silvan Tomkins best accounts for the dynamics observed in community conferences, and thus also provides a psychological counterpart to Braithwaite's essentially sociological theory of reintegrative shaming. Brief examples are provided from the evaluation then in progress for the Australian Criminology Research Council.