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Just EmotionsRituals of Restorative Justice$
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Meredith Rossner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655045

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655045.001.0001

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Preparing for Powerful Rituals

Preparing for Powerful Rituals

(p.75) 5 Preparing for Powerful Rituals
Just Emotions

Meredith Rossner

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores what goes into creating the conditions under which successful restorative justice outcomes can be observed. It uses qualitative interviews with twenty four restorative justice facilitators and six offenders to explore the components of interaction ritual in subjectively defined ‘successful’ and ‘unsuccessful’ conferences. It documents how facilitators prepare participants to maximize their emotions as well as the strategies they use to ensure conversational rhythm and balance. It identifies key emotional ‘turning points’ or specific moments in the conference where the rhythm changes from one marked by conflict to one of solidarity. This analysis is particularly useful as it also includes ‘failed’ conferences, or ones that did not result in positive short-term outcomes such as group solidarity. An examination of conferences that fail can further illuminate the processes of successful interaction.

Keywords:   restorative justice preparation, qualitative interviews, rhythm, balance, turning points

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