Critical Reflections on Restorative Justice in Australia: Some Preliminary Thoughts

Kimberly J. Cook, University of Southern Maine

From January through June, 2001, I was in Australia as a Fulbright Scholar conducting research on community conferencing programs. In this presentation I discuss some of my observations, methods, and preliminary analyses from this researcfh. Of particular importance are class, race, and gender dynamics as they impacted various conferences I observed. With the Centenary of Federation and national dialogues surrounding Reconiliation, I attended a two-day deliberative poll as an observer and offer some preliminary analysis of these proceedings.

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