What’s Oprah Winfrey got to do with it? The rise and rise of restorative justice

Richards, Kelly (2003) What’s Oprah Winfrey got to do with it? The rise and rise of restorative justice. In Proceedings from the Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA), TASA, Armidale, NSW.

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In recent years, restorative justice has become an immensely popular criminal justice option in contemporary western societies. Restorative practices have emerged in diverse parts of the world often in total isolation from one another – that is, they have emerged without knowledge of other, similar practices. This quandary prompts us to question how it is that restorative processes have come about, and what it is that has allowed restorative justice to become such a widely acceptable way of thinking about crime and criminal justice. The research project from which this pa-per stems takes this as its central problem, and aims to explore the many dis-courses which inform the field of restorative justice, or more specifically, the “conditions of emergence” of this field. This paper focuses on one of these discourses – the discourse of the therapeutic/recovery/self-help movement, famously championed by talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. It aims to investigate the ways in which the taken-for-granted nature of this discourse has permitted restorative justice to be-come an approved way of “doing justice”.

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ID Code: 65327
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Restorative justice, Therapeutic ethos, Criminal justice system, New age
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2013 04:20
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2013 05:13

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