Moral work in victim–offender meetings

Birkbeck, Christopher ORCID: and Smith, Greg 2022, 'Moral work in victim–offender meetings' , Criminology & Criminal Justice , pp. 1-22.

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Although many studies of restorative justice touch on its moral dimensions, they provide a rather fragmentary view of the moral work that takes place in meetings between victims and offenders. We treat moral work as a discursive phenomenon that emerges through the evaluative rendering of character and behaviour in extended sequences of talk. Using transcripts from four victim–offender meetings, we explore how participants work within the structural constraints of the script to develop or resist particular moral conceptions of the incident, themselves and each other. We identify the significant role of the facilitator in the construction of narratives and reflections by the offender and victim, and find that ambivalence, selective attention and persuasion all appear to be necessary for achieving the moral work implied by the script.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Criminology & Criminal Justice
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 1748-8958
Funders: British Academy
Depositing User: CH Birkbeck
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2022 12:34
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 09:34

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