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Restorative justice in Spanish popular tales

Martinez, Gema Varona
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) In Victim policies and criminal justice on the road to restorative justice: Essays in honour of Tony Peters, ed. E. Fattah and S. Parmentier, 429-441. With an introduction by E. Fattah and S. Parmentier. Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press.

Gema Varona Martinez states that recent studies of culture and society have shown the reciprocal influences of culture and criminal policy on each other. Stories express human perceptions of social order, and they participate in the human quest for reality, for archetypes or models of behavior. With all of this in mind, Martinez searches for elements of restorative justice in Spanish popular tales. Her study begins with a discussion of the significance of popular tales for the study of the mythology of crime. This leads to analysis of the content of several popular tales and their connections to restorative justice. Using this analysis to reflect on beliefs and perceptions in Spanish culture, she comments on the viability of restorative justice in Spain.


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