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This timely collection of chapters written by international experts bridges the gap between peace psychology and restorative justice. The Editors combined their respective fields of expertise to start a much-needed debate on the potential but also risks that are associated when implementing restorative justice in the peace psychology field. The volume highlights how psychological theory and research can inform and evaluate the potential of restorative practices in formal and informal educational settings as well as the criminal justice space. The chapters cover both negative and positive peace across levels while introducing the reader to various case studies from across the world.


All in all, the book explores how restorative justice can promote positive peace through its connection fostering dialogue, empathy, forgiveness, and other key psychological elements of peace.

Restorative Justice: Promoting Peace and Wellbeing

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  • Series Editor’s Preface:               Christie, Daniel J.

    Editors’ Preface:                            Theo Gavrielides and Gabriel Velez

    Note on Contributors


    Introduction: Restorative justice and psychology for peace – Theo Gavrielides and Gabriel Velez


    Part I: Restorative justice and peace psychology in relation to educational settings


    Chapter 1: Diverse Approaches for Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools – Jamee Carroll, Astrida Kaugars and John Grych


    Chapter 2: Taking a Developmental Perspective on Restorative Justice in Schools - Holly Recchia, Cecilia Wainryb and Laura Pareja Conto


    Chapter 3: Developing Youth Peacebuilders: The Potential of School-Based Restorative Justice in the USA – Gabriel Velez and Antonio Butler


    Chapter 4: Transforming School Climate and Student Discipline: The Restorative Justice Promise for Peace - Allison Ann Payne & Kelly Welch 


    Chapter 5: Developing a More Restorative Pedagogy: Aligning Restorative Justice Teaching with Restorative Justice Principles- Mikhail Lyubansky


    Chapter 6: Pedagogy of Transcendence: A Framework for Positive Peace and Restorative Justice in Education - Gwynn Alexander, Antonio Luque and David Karp


    Part II: Restorative justice and peace psychology in relation to criminal justice


    Chapter 7: Peacebuilding and Systemic Change for Survivors of Sexual Violence and Exploitation: LOTUS’s Untold Stories – Rachel Monaco and Emily Nolan


    Chapter 8: Creating Peace by Restoring Relationships for Hawai‘i’s Imprisoned Women with Cooperative Learning and Restorative Justice - Lorenn Walker, Hannah Humphreys & Leela Bilmes Goldstein


    Chapter 9: Coping and Resilience Through Peace Psychology and Restorative Justice - Thomas Toscano


    Chapter 10: The Untreated Wounds of Crime Victims in Tanzania: A Psychological Consideration – Julena Gabagambi


    Epilogue: Gabriel Velez and Theo Gavrielides


    About the Editors



  • Velez, Gabriel

    Gavrielides, Theo

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