Critical Criminology

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 369–371 | Cite as

The Social and Cultural Dynamics of Healing and Justice in the United States

Dennis Sullivan and Larry Tifft, Restorative Justice: Healing the Foundations of Our Everyday Lives, Willow Tree Press, New York, 2005, 242 pp, ISBN: 1-881798-63-1
  • Patrick Webb

Social science investigates structural influences and forces associated with the origins of societal institutions. Indeed, there are the various explanations as to why many of the social-structural arrangements exist. From a macro-level perspective, it becomes clearly evident that there are certain mutually exclusive needs between individuals and institutions. In many cases, mutually exclusive needs often foster differential class values and resources among groups.

In the book Restorative Justice: Healing the Foundations of Our Everyday Lives, Dennis Sullivan and Larry Tifft identify the concept of justice as both a political tactic and a complex social function in which the technique of power has identified man as a scientific object as opposed to a person that is valued. The book contains nine chapters in which the social and political dynamics of justice in the U.S. is examined. One enjoyable characteristic about the book is how it describes justice and punishment from many...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Juvenile Justice and PsychologyPrairie View A&M UniversityPrairie ViewUSA

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