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Reshaping the field: building restorative capital

Green, Simon; Johnstone, Gerry; Lambert, Craig


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Professor Simon Green
Professor of Criminology & Victimology / Senior Researcher in Modern Slavery, Wilberforce Institute

Gerry Johnstone

Craig Lambert


Restorative justice is best known as an alternative approach for dealing with crime and wrongdoing. Yet as the restorative movement has grown it is increasingly being deployed in different arenas. Based on a two-year study funded by the UK National Lottery, this article provides an early glimpse into how people experience the introduction of restorativeness as cultural change within an organisational context. Using a combination of observation, in-depth interviews and focus groups, this research explores how different staff groups react to, adapt to and resist the introduction of a new ethos and language within their organisation. Drawing on the ideas of Bourdieu (1986), it appears that a new form of restorative cultural capital is emerging that threatens the very integrity of the values restorative justice claims to uphold.


Green, S., Johnstone, G., & Lambert, C. (2014). Reshaping the field: building restorative capital. Restorative justice, 2(1), 43-63.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 12, 2013
Online Publication Date May 7, 2015
Publication Date Apr 14, 2014
Deposit Date Oct 26, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Restorative justice : an international journal
Print ISSN 2050-4721
Electronic ISSN 2050-473X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 1
Pages 43-63
Keywords Restorative Justice
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