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The Politics of Restorative Justice: A Critical Introduction, 2nd edition

Andrew Woolford and Amanda Nelund
The Politics of Restorative Justice: A Critical Introduction, 2nd edition
ISBN: 978-1-62637-892-6
ISBN: 978-1-62637-900-8
2020/245 pages/LC: 2019055158
"Woolford's book can serve as a primer for those not schooled in this international social movement.... [It] can also serve as a reference for those who are aware of the existing critiques yet may need help in framing the issues and understanding the challenges and full potential for ideational change, which have not been clearly described before this groundbreaking work.... A must read for all concerned with the need for change in the administration of punitive justice."—Choice

"Woolford manages simultaneously to critique, challenge, encourage and tantalize his readers."—Peace Research Journal


In this new, significantly revised edition of an acclaimed text, Andrew Woolford and Amanda Nelund reconsider restorative justice and its politics both globally and locally.

The authors clarify key theoretical issues while offering fresh perspectives and provocative questions. Observing that "transformative justice is an always unfinished project," they ask how the approach might be more effective; and they explore in depth how intersecting sociopolitical contexts—gendered, racialized, and colonial, among others—contour the practice and potential of restorative justice.


Andrew Woolford is professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Manitoba. Amanda Nelund is assistant professor of sociology at MacEwan University.


  • What Are the Politics of Restorative Justice?
  • What Events Trigger a Restorative Response?
  • Delineating the Restorative Justice Ethos.
  • Restorative Justice Styles.
  • Constructing Restorative Justice Identities.
  • Restorative Justice Contexts.
  • Restorative Justice Criticisms.
  • Transformation and the Politics of Restorative Justice.
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