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Toward a Communication Perspective of Restorative Justice: Implications for Research, Facilitation, and Assessment

Authors
  • Gregory D. Paul
  • Ian M. Borton

Abstract

As the research and practice of restorative justice has grown, conversations have been ongoing about how to define and evaluate such practices. In this conceptual review, we argue for the utility and importance of adopting a communication perspective (Pearce, 1989, Communication and the human condition. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, IL.) for defining, evaluating, and practicing restorative justice. We begin by describing a communication perspective before reviewing scholarly literature regarding defining and evaluating restorative justice. We also illustrate how a communication perspective can prompt useful questions about defining, evaluating, facilitating, and administering restorative justice. We conclude with a discussion of implications for research, facilitation, and organizational administration.

Keywords: assessment, conflict, communication, restorative justice

How to Cite:

Paul, G. & Borton, I., (2017) “Toward a Communication Perspective of Restorative Justice: Implications for Research, Facilitation, and Assessment”, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research 10(3), p.199-219. doi: https://doi.org/10.34891/14j9-ne10

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Published on
13 Jul 2017
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