“In the vast restorative justice literature, we rarely find interdisciplinary resources that may raise fresh questions to our thinking. Over the last few years, psychology and other applied sciences have made attempts to understand and indeed explain the values that underlie restorative justice as well as the practices that manifest them. I have argued elsewhere (Gavrielides, 2007, 2008, 2013) that the focus of restorative justice researchers should not be on proving the superiority of restorative justice, but on furthering its theory and practices. In the UK, Europe, Canada and the US, we have seen a sudden growth and interest in restorative justice. While I remain sceptical about the pace and motives behind this growth, a book that promises to develop “a substantive theory” for restorative justice is very welcome indeed.
The book starts with an acknowledgement. Despite the many restorative justice practices worldwide, we are still searching for their solid theoretical explanation. Thus the Editors, Kelly and Thorsborne, aim to bridge this gap….”