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date: 08 June 2023

Images of Alternative Justice: The Alternative of Restorative Justicelocked

Images of Alternative Justice: The Alternative of Restorative Justicelocked

  • Brunilda PaliBrunilda PaliDepartment of Law, KU Leuven


This article analyzes the tension created between the lack of images and the imagination of alternative justice from the particular perspective of “restorative justice.” The most sustained justice discourse to propose significant differences to the criminal justice system, restorative justice nevertheless has not proposed differences necessarily on the “battleground of images,” but, as argued in the article, mainly on the subterrain of “imagination.” It does not, therefore, offer an image of alternative justice, but rather an alternative of justice that belongs to the realm of imagination, pointing simultaneously at the limits of representation and the necessity of developing new forms of imagination that go beyond images to incorporate alternatives at the levels of metaphors, language, architecture, and practices. Using a few exemplary cases, the text argues overall for the primacy of imagination over images of alternative justice.


  • Crime, Media, and Popular Culture

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