Listening deeply to public perceptions of Restorative Justice: what can researchers and practitioners learn?

Dorothy Vaandering, Kristin Reimer

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    This article explores public perceptions of restorative justice through the examination of media articles and negative online reader comments surrounding a high-profile incident in a Canadian university in which a restorative process was successfully engaged. Utilising relational discourse analysis, we identify how restorative justice is presented in the media and how that presentation is taken up by the public. Media representations of restorative justice create understandings among the public that are profoundly different from how many restorative justice advocates perceive it. The aim of this article is to examine media representations of restorative justice and how these are received by the public so that we can respond constructively.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)186-208
    Number of pages23
    JournalThe International Journal of Restorative Justice
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


    • Public perception
    • media
    • apophatic listening
    • online comments
    • understandings of restorative justice

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