A Kind of Mending

A Kind of Mending

Restorative Justice in the Pacific Islands

Edited by: Sinclair Dinnen orcid, Anita Jowitt, Tess Newton

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With their rich traditions of conflict resolution and peacemaking, the Pacific Islands provide a fertile environment for developing new approaches to crime and conflict. Interactions between formal justice systems and informal methods of dispute resolution contain useful insights for policy makers and others interested in socially attuned resolutions to the problems of order that are found increasingly in the Pacific Islands as elsewhere. Contributors to this volume include Pacific Islanders from Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea including Bougainville, as well as outsiders with a longstanding interest in the region. They come from a variety of backgrounds and include criminal justice practitioners, scholars, traditional leaders and community activists. The chapters deal with conflict in a variety of contexts, from interpersonal disputes within communities to large-scale conflicts between communities. This is a book not only of stories but also of practical models that combine different traditions in creative ways and that offer the prospect of building more sustainable resolutions to crime and conflict.


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Nov 2010
First published 2003 by Pandanus Books
ANU Press
Law; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Politics & International Studies
Pacific: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

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  1. Restorative justice in the pacific islands: An introduction (PDF, 136KB)Sinclair Dinnen doi
  2. The fundamentals of restorative justice (PDF, 73KB)John Braithwaite doi
  3. The age of steam: constructed identity and recalcitrant youth in a Papua New Guinea village (PDF, 111KB)Michael Goddard doi
  4. Tribal warfare and transformative justice in the New Guinea highlands (PDF, 184KB)Alan Rumsey doi
  5. Restorative justice and women in Vanuatu (PDF, 69KB)Rita Naviti doi
  6. Vanuatu law, the police and restorative justice (PDF, 66KB)Peter Bong doi
  7. Restorative programs in the formal justice system of Vanuatu Honourable (PDF, 67KB)Justice Vincent Lunabek doi
  8. Conflict resolution in a multi-cultural urban setting in Papua New Guinea (PDF, 69KB)John Ivoro doi
  9. Restorative justice in Papua New Guinea: A collaborative effort (PDF, 74KB)Ruby Zarriga doi
  10. Rehabilitation for change in Fiji: a women’s initiative (PDF, 96KB)Peni Moore doi
  11. The Vanuatu cultural centre’s juvenile justice project (PDF, 71KB)Joemela Simeon doi
  12. The Lakalakabulu area council of chiefs in Vanuatu (PDF, 55KB)Paul Vuhu doi
  13. Re-inventing the cultural wheel: re-conceptualising restorative justice and peace building in ethnically divided Fiji (PDF, 98KB)Steven Ratuva doi
  14. Informal justice in law and justice reform in the pacific region (PDF, 86KB)Alumita Durutalo doi
  15. Restorative justice in the Solomon Islands (PDF, 88KB)Father Norman Arkwright doi
  16. Bougainville women’s role in conflict resolution in the Bougainville peace process (PDF, 95KB)Ruth Saovana-Spriggs doi
  17. Restorative justice in Bougainville (PDF, 143KB)Pat Howley doi
  18. A marriage of custom and introduced skills: Restorative justice Bougainville style (PDF, 82KB)John Tombot doi

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