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Changing boundaries of the ‘victim’ in restorative justice: so who is the victim now?

Walklate, Sandra
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) In, Dennis Sullivan and Larry Tifft editors, “Handbook of Restorative Justice” A Global Perspective. London and New York: Routledge. Taylor & Francis Group pp.273-284

In order to engage in this exploration, this chapter will first offer an overview of how the risk society thesis might help us to make sense of the impact of some of the events outlined above; second, it will consider the relevance of this thesis in the context of understanding victimization; third, it will explore some of the questions that this consideration raises for restorative justice; and finally it will consider, in light of these developments, whether or not the concept of victim per se has any continuing value. In all of this there is an overriding concern to connect images of the victim victimology and restorative justice to questions of wider sociological concern. (excerpt)


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