Just Emotions: Rituals of Restorative Justice

ISBN : 9780199655045

Meredith Rossner
208 Pages
144 x 220 mm
Pub date
Oct 2013
Clarendon Studies in Criminology
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Even as restorative justice has captured the attention of justice practitioners, academics and communities worldwide and most research suggests that it has the potential to repair the harm of a criminal offense and reduce offending, there is also evidence that it can have no effect or even make things worse. Just Emotions: Rituals of Restorative Justice attempts to address these conflicting findings by analyzing how conferences work as a unique form of justice ritual. With a pioneering new approach to the micro-level study of the processes and emotions involved in successful conferences, this book offers clues on how to improve the practice and increase successful outcomes. Using an eclectic methodological approach, the author presents a model that adapts Goffman's and Collins' ideas about the interaction ritual chain by focusing on participants' emotions, emotional turning points, and the emergence of rhythm and solidarity between participants. The approach involves a contrasting systematic empirical program, including a combination of qualitative interviews, detailed observations of discourse, face and demeanour, and quantitative analysis of systematically observed conferences, in order to improve the capacity of facilitators and practitioners to produce successful outcomes. Offering an exploration of how rituals unfold dynamically in space and time, alongside analysis of both failed and successful rituals, Just Emotions provides a model of the ritual elements of restorative justice and how these rituals may impact reoffending.


1. Introduction
2. The promise of emotional transformation
3. The ritual elements
4. A micro analysis of restorative justice
5. Preparing for powerful rituals
6. Short-term outcomes in restorative justice
7. Long-term consequences of successful interaction rituals
8. Conclusion

About the author: 

Dr Meredith Rossner is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Justice Research Group at the University of Western Sydney. She holds a PhD in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and her research interests include emotions and interactions in criminal justice, criminology theory, restorative justice, and juries.

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