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Featured abstracts from 2017 Crime & Justice in Asia & the Global South Conference

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Next year, the Crime and Justice Research Centre will co-host the Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South International Conference with the Asian Criminological Society. The conference will be held in Cairns from 10-13 July 2017 and will feature international speakers:

  • Professor Rosemary Barberet;
  • Professor Jiahong Liu;
  • Professor John Braithwaite; and
  • Professor Raewyn Connell.

To showcase the diversity of topics that will be presented during the conference, each week the CJRC blog will feature an accepted abstract from a presenter.

To begin, this week’s featured abstract is from Dr. Xiaoyu Yuan, a lecturer in the School of Criminal Justice at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, and a successful recipient of an CJRC Early-Career Researcher Scholarship in Southern Criminology.

Last month, the CJRC awarded eleven successful applicants from around the world with Early-Career Researcher and Senior Fellow scholarships in Southern Criminology. The main purpose of the scholarships are to support the travel and attendance to the 2017 conference and to support collaborative research with CJRC scholars on topics related to developing the projects of Southern Criminology. A list of the successful applicants can be accessed here.

Featured abstract: 

“The potential for restorative justice amidst penal populism: The case of China” by Xiaoyu Yuan, Shanghai University of Political Science and Law (P. R. China)

Up till today the literature on restorative justice has been dominated by the evaluation of programmes worldwide or the discovery of dynamics that have exerted influences. It has in general ignored a systematic examination of the broader social context in which various programmes have either taken root or are just emerging. Among a series of social and cultural changes taking place during the last decades, penal populism has been observed or is gaining momentum in some Western democracies. Interestingly, it is also taking hold in contemporary China, albeit with significant differences in respects of content, form and strength between China and Western nations. Hence, this article is interested in looking at how likely it is for restorative justice to grow and expand amidst social and political ethos categorized by penal populism. A socio-legal incident in China, which has caught public attention and triggered emotion-laden debate, will be presented. Through a content analysis of online posts and news reports regarding this event, this article will discuss the role of public opinion in promoting or downplaying restorative justice encounters. The case study of China hopes to inform a further exploration of public support for restorative justice, and to bridge the gap in literature on the relationship between restorative justice and penal populism.

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