Advisor

Charles Tracy

Date of Award

2002

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Conflict Resolution

Department

Philosophy

Physical Description

1 online resource (121 p.)

Subjects

Hate crimes, Restorative justice, Administration of criminal justice

DOI

10.15760/etd.5187

Abstract

A restorative approach to justice focuses on accountability for healing the harm done to victims and communities as a result of criminal acts. Hate crimes are intended to send a threatening message to a particular group of people. There is enough reliable research on restorative justice principles and practices, and on the causes, meaning and impact of hate crimes, to bring together a representative selection of available literature for a critical review. This thesis critically reviews the literature of restorative justice principles and practices, and the literature of hate crime causes, definitions, laws, and typologies of offenders, using as a model Comstock's seven-step Critical Research Method. Findings suggest that congruencies between the two fields of study are primarily found in how activities appropriated to define the fields have increased the ambiguity of the definitions. Further findings suggest that there are important underlying issues of class and power distribution in need of attention in both fields of research. These findings are discussed and suggestions are made for future areas of research.

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Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/20596

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