Source: (2006) Theoretical Criminology. 10(1):107-124.
This article analyses social dynamics in restorative justice
conferences employing two distinct meanings of accountability: one
embodied in performing gendered (and other) social relations, and
the second, in performing remorse. Engaging feminist theory of
â€˜doing genderâ€™ and structured action, offendersâ€™ accounts of their
behaviour, gendered participation of parents and community
representatives are analysed. Specifically examined are three ideals
of restorative justice: empowerment, remorse and reintegration,
and bridging barriers between participants. The data analysed are
from extensive field notes collected during six months of research
into restorative justice in Australia and as a practitioner in Maine.
Analyses reveal that achieving these ideals is more elusive than
anticipated. Rather, accountability dynamics around gender, race
and social class reinforce social privileges and disadvantage. (Author’s abstract)
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