Source: (2012) Fundamina. 18(2):77-107.

...the argument for restorative justice relies on history. This essay will attempt to evaluate this argument in terms of the materialist conception of history, as demarcated by the governing concepts and methodological resources of classical Marxism. It is an axiom of historical materialism that material production determines mental production. There is always an objective basis, sometimes patent, often latent, of our thought products. The concepts which the human mind invents are invariably responses to historically specific material conditions." The analysis of concepts must proceed, therefore, from the material conditions in which they were created and elaborated. Thus the aim of this essay is to map the history of the concept of restorative justice in relation to this basic premise of historical materialism.(excerpt)