What Is the Harmony Approach?

  • Xiaoyu Yuan
Part of the Springer Series on Asian Criminology and Criminal Justice Research book series (SSACCJR)


Chinese people, like their Western counterparts, are unfamiliar with terms such as “restorative justice” or “repairing the harm.” Nevertheless, they are probably one of the most largely populated nations in the world that has embraced both the ideas and practices of mediation. Resolving conflict through mediation is currently a practice across the criminal justice spectrum. Although it might be overshadowed by this study’s singular focus on mediation practices in the field, the fact is that various mediation practices are taking place throughout the punishment-based justice system. The story is fundamentally about repairing harm in the Chinese societal and legal landscape. This chapter explains why it is “about repairing the harm” and why I view it in this way.


Harmonious Approach Mediation Practice Offenders Authoritarian Approach Apologetic Attitude 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaoyu Yuan
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  1. 1.School of Criminal JusticeShanghai University of Political Science and LawShanghaiChina

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