Awkward Conversations on the Contested Community

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In this presentation, professor Harry Mika from Central Michigan University Sociology and Queens University Belfast considers some strains of the theoretical 'debate' on community in restorative justice circles, but argues for embedding the discussion at the coal face of societal conflict transformation. Case studies include violence intervention and demobilization/transformation work in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Colombia, Rwanda and Canada. An empirical grounding reveals that debates about justice lay bare fundamental assumptions and aspirations about community. (Copyright 2010 Heartspeak Productions)