‘Spaces’ for restorative development: international case studies on restorative services

Hobson, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-8081-6699, Payne, Brian ORCID: 0000-0001-6134-9191, Bangura, Kabba Santigie and Hester, Richard ORCID: 0000-0001-9008-0136 (2022) ‘Spaces’ for restorative development: international case studies on restorative services. Contemporary Justice Review, 25 (2). pp. 143-162. doi:10.1080/10282580.2022.2044802

Text (Peer-reviewed version)
10860-Hobson-(2022)-'Spaces'-for-restorative-development-international-case-studies-on-restorative-services.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License All Rights Reserved.

Download (330kB) | Preview


This paper examines the concept of the ‘spaces’ into which restorative services develop (Vaandering 2014; Braithwaite, 2016; Maglione, 2019; Hobson et al, 2021). We conceptualise such ‘spaces’ as: social, the people and communities; as political, the will for developments; as physical, the geography and facilities; and as economic, dependent on the resources available. The first case study examines the hub-and-spoke model from Gloucestershire, England, where a top-down approach with buy-in at the statutory level provides ‘space’ for institutional engagement and integration of restorative practice. The second examines community-led restorative services in Belfast, Northern Ireland, originally tackling paramilitary violence they now fill a ‘space’ in local communities caused by a distrust of the state. The final case study is from Kenema City, Sierra Leone, where a post-conflict and post-Ebola ‘space’ is filled by an urban agriculture scheme aiming to divert young people from harmful activity and to reintegrate into society. Across the three cases in this paper, we hope to show that the types of ‘space’ we identify can be an important conceptual tool in helping to understand how and why restorative services develop, the provision they offer, and the capacities they haves to expand.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Restorative justice; Criminal justice; Top-down and bottom-up justice; Transformation; Transition; Community building; Post-conflict
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology.
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV6001 Criminology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Jonathan Hobson
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2022 12:51
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2023 04:15
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/10860

University Staff: Request a correction | Repository Editors: Update this record

University Of Gloucestershire

Bookmark and Share

Find Us On Social Media:

Social Media Icons Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Pinterest Linkedin

Other University Web Sites

University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. Telephone +44 (0)844 8010001.