Restorative Justice: Seeking a shared identity in dynamic intragroup contexts: Restorative justice: Seeking a shared identity in dynamic intragroup contexts

Tyler Okimoto, Michael Wenzel, M Platow

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    Abstract

    Purpose - To develop a new model of restorative reparation that attempts to capture the dynamic role of shared identity perceptions.Design/methodology/approach - Drawing on recent advances in restorative justice theory (Wenzel, Okimoto, Feather, & Platow, 2008), we explore the theoretical proposition that a greater understanding of the identity relations between victims, offenders, and the groups in which they are embedded is key to understanding a victim's underlying motives toward justice, and thus, predicting when victims will react favorably to restorative justice processes and prefer them over traditional retributive justice interventions. Findings - We argue that a perceived shared identity between the victim and the offender determines the extent to which the victim understands the transgression as requiring a revalidation of the rules, values, or morals undermined by the offense. Moreover, we propose that these identity relations are dynamic in that they both affect and are affected by the experience of injustice. Thus, identity is also shaped by the transgression itself through, inter alia, processes associated with positive social identity maintenance. Importantly, these shifts in identity determine how injustice victims are likely to respond to constructive approaches to conflict resolution such as restorative justice. Originality/value - We offer a series of testable hypotheses aimed at engendering future research in the domain of constructive justice restoration in groups. Moreover, this work suggests that to develop effective resolution strategies, we must consider how an injustice event shapes the relations between the affected parties over time rather than simply assuming identity relations are static.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearch on Managing Groups and Teams
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
    Pages205-242
    Number of pages38
    Volume13
    ISBN (Print)978085721610
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Publication series

    NameResearch on Managing Groups and Teams
    ISSN (Print)1534-0856

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    Okimoto, T., Wenzel, M., & Platow, M. (2010). Restorative Justice: Seeking a shared identity in dynamic intragroup contexts: Restorative justice: Seeking a shared identity in dynamic intragroup contexts. In Research on Managing Groups and Teams (Vol. 13, pp. 205-242). (Research on Managing Groups and Teams). Emerald Group Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1534-0856(2010)0000013011