Velez, G. and Gavrielides, T (2022). Restorative Justice: Promoting Peace and Wellbeing, New York: Springer

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The book

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The book forms part of the Peace Psychology Book Series by Spring, Series Ed.: Christie, Daniel J. ISSN: 2197-5779.


Despite the clear connections between psychology, restorative justice, and peace across national and institutional contexts, there has been little direct engagement between the field of peace psychology and the growing theory, implementation, and research of restorative justice. The proposed volume will aim to explicitly build this bridge by soliciting chapters that directly integrate peace psychology with these three areas.

Building on the work of Galtung, the chapters will focus on both negative and positive peace across levels. By negative peace, we refer to harmony in relationships, extending from within individuals to international relations. In this way, restorative justice and its impact on psychosocial processes can be understood both to prevent violence and restore peaceful relations after it has been committed.


By positive peace, we refer to the pursuit of equity and the construction of horizontal, inclusive, and just dynamics between individuals, groups, and societies. Restorative justice can promote positive peace through its connection fostering dialogue, empathy, forgiveness, and other key psychological elements of peace.

Editorial Guidelines for authors
Peer-Reviewed  | Original contributions only, based on unpublished data | British English Spelling | Chapter length: 7,000 - 9,000 inclusive of references | Publication date: Summer 2022 | Harvard Referencing System | Indexing GuidelinesPermissions' Copyrights FormContributor's Copyrights' Agreement Form | Editorial Guidelines | Key style points |

Table of contents

Part I: Intrapersonal Peace


Proposed Themes:

  • Developing Peaceful Self-Identities Through Restorative Practices

  • Restorative Practices as Peace Pedagogy

  • Promoting Coping and Resilience Through Reparation


Part II: Interpersonal, Intergroup, and Intercommunity Peace


Proposed Themes:

  • Bridging the Unbridgeable Divides

  • Preventing and Healing Community Violence

  • Addressing Systemic Injustice and Oppression

  • Peace and Harmony in Post-Conflict Societies

  • Restoring from Non-Western Lenses

  • Bridging Racial/Ethnic Divides


Part III: Institutional, International and Non-state Actors


Proposed Themes:

  • Changing School Cultures

  • Reshaping Discipline: Ending Inequities of Retributive Measures in School

  • Forgiving and Repairing: Restorative Justice and the Criminal Justice System

  • Former Combatants and Reintegration

  • Reparations and Addressing State Atrocities


To contact the editors email Velez, Gabriel gabriel.velez@marquette.edu | Theo Gavrielides t.gavrielides@rj4all.org

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