Community-based restorative justice: Challenging ‘cultures of violence’ in local communities

Jenks, Rebecca (2017) Community-based restorative justice: Challenging ‘cultures of violence’ in local communities. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/HE65NV84

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The overall aim of this thesis was to explore the efforts of community-based restorative justice agencies in responding to ‘cultures of violence’ in local communities in Northern Ireland. The first research objective is to explore the rationale behind the emergence of community-based restorative justice in Northern Ireland. The second research objective is to capture the perspectives of community restorative justice practitioners on the methods used to challenge ‘cultures of violence’. The third research objective is to identify and interpret principles of good practice in the use of community-based restorative justice in Northern Ireland with respect to tackling ‘cultures of violence’ and promoting key restorative principles. The key literature in the thesis explores the application of theory, defining restorative justice, previous and other context research and the emergence of ‘cultures of violence’ and community-based restorative justice within the Northern Ireland Context. This thesis uses a mixed methods research design that uses both semi-structured interviews and document based research to collect data. It uses both an inductive and deductive approach to thematic analysis to analyse the data. It focuses on five themes. The key findings from this project were that community based-restorative justice can be used to challenge ‘cultures of violence’ but won’t necessarily eradicate the problem. Restorative justice practices should be placed at a community level especially in working class areas where cultures of violence are seen to thrive, and should be made available to young males who are most susceptible to the dangers associated with cultures of violence such as rioting, anti-social behaviour and punishment violence. However, these practices need to continue to be legitimately managed through government accreditation schemes and partnership working with the police to ensure the sustainability of the projects.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Community based-restorative justice, Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cultures of violence; Rioting; Punishment violence; Anti-social behaviour
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV6001 Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV7231 Criminal justice administration
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2022 16:42
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024 15:04

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