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“Long Term Effects of Restorative Justice Conferencing: Do Emotional Dynamics Influence Offending?”

Rossner, Meredith
June 4, 2015

Source: (2007) aper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia, Nov 14, 2007.

The following analysis examines how within-conference variation affects long-term outcomes, specifically reoffending. In particular, I focus on the emotional, micro-dynamics of interaction, as outlined in Collins’ (2004) Microsociological theory of Interaction Ritual Chains. Using multivariate analysis from a large dataset of observed restorative justice conference as well as in depth discourse analysis of specific interactions, I argue that rhythmic entrainment and conversational balance lead to high-solidarity conference, which may influence offending rates post conference. The results speak both to the burgeoning field of the criminology of emotions, as well as theory and research in restorative justice. (Author’s abstract)


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