As restorative justice continues to grow, expanding into new contexts and guided by practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds, it is critical that we maintain a solid foundation in the core guiding principles of the field and a strong connection to theories that support the work. Such a focus on restorative justice praxis brings together practice and theory, each informing the other and resulting in action that is guided by critical reflection. Belinda Hopkins contributes to this much-needed praxis by collaborating with ten leaders in the field of restorative justice who share the theories that support their work. This is not just a theory book, however; each of the theories is situated in ongoing work and applied in practical ways. This will definitely be a text I use in my classes.
In this book, Belinda Hopkins has brought together an important set of contributions in this maturing field of enquiry. It is no mean feat to structure a book in a way that reflects the restorative principles and process itself, but in doing so, she has successfully opened up space for debates on key issues from a range of significant perspectives. This thought provoking book will be helpful to practitioners, trainers and students alike.
It has been said that restorative justice is a practice in search of a theory. Thanks to Belinda Hopkins we now have ten theories succinctly outlined and applied to restorative practices. Practitioners, academics and students who want to analyse and deconstruct ideas that support restorative justice will find that this book will be an invaluable resource for many years.
This new book is a valuable addition to the literature around restorative practice. Bringing together a range of contributors with experience of delivering restorative practice, and innovatively structured based around a restorative process, it examines restorative encounters from different perspectives and explores the ways in which successful outcomes may be achieved. Clear, accessible and interesting, this book is well worth reading for anybody interested in restorative practice.