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Robert van Krieken begins this essay by noting the growing interest in extending ideas of reparation, restitution, and reconciliation from criminal justice to redress a range of past injustices. This interest is controversial, though; some dispute the reframing of historical events or the viability of restorative measures to redress them. To work through these controversies intelligently, van Krieken urges a more systematic engagement with our understanding of the idea of civilization. As a concrete instance, van Krieken examines the idea of civilization in relation to the history of European Australians removing Aboriginal children from their homes for schooling and social development.

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