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Paul Takagi and Gregory Shank

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Critique of Restorative Justice

The authors look at how the international trend toward restorative justice — non-retributive forms of justice — applies to U.S. cities like Oakland, California, in which entire communities have been torn apart by urban renewal and globalization under the rubric of NAFTA, leading to mushrooming unemployment and related social pathologies in the inner cities. Given the wholesale destruction especially of the Black community, it is difficulty to see how restorative justice models apply, even considering the experience of the Maori in New Zealand or efforts in post-apartheid South Africa.

restorative justice, destruction of community — urban renewal and globalization, Maori

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 31, No. 3 (2004): 147-163