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Introduction

Elizabeth Beck

in Social Work and Restorative Justice

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394641
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394641.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter examines the fit between social work and restorative justice. It explores areas of convergence and tensions between the two disciplines, and argues that by sharing knowledge and interdisciplinary collaboration efforts to support wellbeing, justice, and conflict transformation can be strengthened. It further explains the unique structure of the book which was designed to enhance knowledge and collaboration. The first few chapters serve as basic overviews to social work and restorative justice, but the bulk of the chapters are practice chapters that explore restorative justice practices in traditional social setting such as schools and child welfare settings. These chapters are coauthored by a social worker and a restorative justice practitioner. Each chapter includes theoretical discussions, a case study, skill building, and critical analysis.

Keywords: social swork; restorative justice; strengths perspective; conflict transformation; social justice

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