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Justice and an ethic of care
[Bloggingheads.tv] recently hosted an interesting discussion between two psychologists—Michael McCullough and Dacher Keltner–on the evolutionary role of revenge and its place in contemporary society.
The whole discussion is worth listening to but about 28 minutes into the videocast they discuss the idea of restorative justice, which takes repairing relationships to be central to the idea of justice. Repairing relationships is the main feature of an ethics of care as well, and it seems to me this is where an ethic of care is able to fill out our notion of justice.
For the love of the Amish: Japanese can’t get enough of the Plain-sect culture
When local Amish expert Donald Kraybill gave talks in Japan this past May, he noticed an amazing thing.
His audiences appeared to be made up of row upon row of surgeons.
The people behind the white masks weren't really doctors, it turned out — they were simply trying to protect themselves during a swine flu scare.
Their fears didn't keep them out of the lecture halls, however. The Japanese have long been fascinated with the Old Order Amish.
The love affair continues to bloom; in fact, it might not be an overstatement to call this Japan's Summer of the Amish.
Restorative justice and tribal law
...."Restorative justice” as used here is distinct from the term as commonly understood and applied. The traditional concept is distinct, also, from how the term is used in the Navajo Nation Code. Whereas the term in the American justice system has become greatly simplified and come to mean non-convictions, no jail and no fines, restorative justice in traditional Indian justice is used in the literal sense, to “restore” in conformity with justice principles. Wrongdoers, those who are harmed, and their affected communities are engaged in search of solutions that promote repair and rebuilding. Convictions, detention, and penalties in support of personal responsibility and community safety are not excluded....
Gacaca's end and its legacy
The Rwandan government announced today that it will stop taking new gacaca cases as of July 31st and that it intends to wind down gacaca operations within five months. Gacaca is a traditional local justice procedure (gacaca roughly means “justice on the grass” in Kinyarwanda) that the government modified to process the staggering number of low-level genocide cases and help reconcile perpetrators with their communities. Starting in 2002, the Rwandans began operating a system of more than 10,000 gacaca courts. Regardless of what one may think about its merits, the gacaca experience has represented a Herculean task with hundreds of thousands of cases processed in the past few years. In the words of Lars Waldorf, it was mass justice for mass atrocity. But was it successful? I was asked today on the BBC World Service (interview starts at the 18:53 mark) about gacaca’s legacy and I noted that it was mixed.