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February 3, 2020

Sherry Giles Publishes Article


Jefferson Pilot Professor of Justice and Policy Studies, Hollyce “Sherry” Giles published her article “Toward a Theory of Justicecraft: Language, Narratives, and Justice in Restorative Community Conversations” in the Fall 2019 issue of Contemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice (Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 257-279).

In the article, Sherry examines the language and narratives about justice in restorative practices, both to identify ways that the language reinforces oppression and domination, and to consider whether and how new language that affirms the dignity and humanity of participants can be crafted.

She draws on community conversations about policing in Greensboro as evidence in support of an expanded theory of “justicecraft,” a socio-linguistic process, identified by Mara Schiff and David Anderson Hooker, in which the notion of justice is imbued with oppression and domination, and hobbles true restorative practices.  

Guilford College students’ participatory action research (PAR) on the community conversations, and oral histories of participants conducted as part of their coursework in the Community and Justice Studies major provided data for the expanded theory. Sarena Brown '19, Crystal Crump '19, Judia Holton '18, Seleta Jaggernauth '17, Leann Kantt '19, and Diea Ross '14 conducted the PAR study, and Sam Bernhardt '18, Eva Cosgrove '17, Lucy Hartsock '17, and Judia crafted the oral histories.