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We are living in a world where power abuse has become the new norm, as well as the biggest, silent driver of persistent inequalities, racism and human rights violations. The COVID-19 socio-economic consequences can only be compared with those that followed World War II. As humanity is getting to grips with them, this timely book challenges current thinking, while creating a much needed normative and practical framework for revealing and challenging the power structures that feed our subconscious feelings of despair and defeatism.


Structured around the four concepts of power, race, justice and restorative justice, the book uses empirical new data and normative analysis to reconstruct the way we prevent power abuse and harm at the inter-personal, inter-community and international levels. This book offers new lenses, which allow us to view power, race and justice in a modern reality where communities have been silenced, but through restorative justice are gaining voice. The book is enriched with case studies written by survivors, practitioners and those with direct experiences of power abuse and inequality. Through robust research methodologies, Gavrielides’s new monograph reveals new forms of slavery, while creating a new, philosophical framework for restorative punishment through the acknowledgement of pain and the use of catharsis for internal transformation and individual empowerment. This is a powerful and timely book that generates much needed hope.


Through a multi-disciplinary dialogue that uses philosophy and critical theory, social sciences, criminology, law, psychology and human rights, the book opens new avenues for practitioners, researchers and policy makers internationally.

Power, Race, and Justice: The Restorative Dialogue We Will Not Have

  • Foreword: Professor John Braithwaite, Australian National University, Australia

    Preface: Kay Pranis, independent trainer and facilitator for peacemaking circles, leader in Restorative Justice and Circle Process movements



    Chapter 1: Challenging the power that racialises us all

    Chapter 2: Challenging race: Let’s talk about race, when we talk about race

    Chapter 3: Challenging justice: The lawful and the fair

    Chapter 4: Challenging restorative justice: A painful biopower



    Chapter 5: Faultlines, mermaids and sirens: Power-interest battles within the restorative justice social movement

    Chapter 6: The Trojan horses of race and power

    Chapter 7: Power, fear and security: The terrorist within



    Chapter 8: The fallacy of one justice and a consensual justice model restrained by human rights

    Chapter 9: Restoring power in justice and restorative justice: What parties in conflict really want

    Chapter 10: Restorative justice policy and practice: A guide free from power abusePART IV: CASE STUDIES OF POWER AND RESTORATION: POSSIBILITIES IN ACTION


    Case study no 1: Power and child sexual abuse – England

    Case study no 2: Power through bullying - England

    Case study no 3: Power through rape - Denmark

    Case study no 4: Power through race - USA

    Case study no 7: The power of taking life, the power of owning restorative justice- USA

    Case study no 8: Four restorative practices in Queensland, Australia

    Case study no 9: Parental power and culture

    Case study no 10: The "powerful" victim paedophile - USA

    Case study 11: Race, gender and power - USA

    Case study 12: Power in family relationships - Greece

    Case study 13: The power of protecting my turf - Greece

    Case study no 14: Power in whiteness - England

    Case Study 15: Race, gender and family relationships - USA

    Case Study 16: Regaining power through forgiveness - USA

    Case Study 17: Power imbalance in juvenile justice delivery: My experience as a prison social worker - Nigeria

    Case Study 18: Power and policing - USA

    Case Study 19: Power and child sexualisation – Lithuania

    Case Study 20: Power imbalance and intimate partner violence – India

    Case Study 21: Sun, sea, sex and the new forms of slavery

    Case Study 22: Climate change, power abuses and the plight of refugees

    Case Study 23: Digital enslavement, online dating apps and abuse

    Case study 24: Power Abuse of Queer, Indigenous and Racialized youth in the Global North

    Case Study 25: English Nationalism: Deindustrialisation and Powerlessness.