The Relevance of Richard Quinney's Writings on Peacemaking: Criminology Toward Personal and Social Transformation

John F. Wozniak, Western Illinois University

Today, there is a growing concern with the United States' attempt to advance its empire around the world. This paper explores Richard Quinney's insights on transformative justice and their implications for the phenomenon of empire. In particular, Richard Quinney's writings on peacemaking criminology are examined concerning the interpersonal and social structural links between crime, suffering, and peacemaking alternatives. As Richard Quinney notes: "The struggle is to create a humane existence, and such an existence comes only as we act peacefully toward outselves and one another.

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