Community praxis: Exploring a community engagement framework for restorative justice in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Bangladesh

Keywords: Horizontal Community, Vertical Community, reflective community, learning community

Abstract

The concept of community is pervasive but ambiguous, and there is a lack of research on the role of community in restorative justice. Employing both in-depth qualitative interviews and surveys, this qualitative study unearths the role of community in restorative justice in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Bangladesh and examines existing community praxis in those places. The study proposes a community engagement framework which consists of horizontal community and vertical community. The study argues that incorporation of both horizontal and vertical communities would strengthen the quality of relationships, while also fostering innovation and creativity in restorative justice.

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Author Biography

Muhammad Asadullah, Department of Justice Studies, University of Regina, Regina, SK

Dr. Muhammad Asadullah is an Assistant Professor at the University of Regina's Department of Justice Studies. Prior to joining UofR, he taught at Simon Fraser University, the University of the Fraser Valley, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He completed his PhD as well as a Masters in Criminology from Simon Fraser University, Canada. He also holds a Masters in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, USA. He is the recipient of multiple awards and scholarships, including Contemplative Social Justice Scholar Award, ACJS Doctoral Fellowship Award, C.D. Nelson Memorial Award, Liz Elliott Memorial Graduate Scholarship, President's PhD Scholarship, Provost Prize of Distinction, and Law Foundation Scholarship in Restorative Justice. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Salish Sea Empathy Society (http://www.salishseaempathysociety.com/). He is also on the Advisory Committee of Simon Fraser University's Centre for Restorative Justice (http://www.sfu.ca/crj.html). Previously, he was on the board of the Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice and the Communities Embracing Restorative Action. Asadullah is a certified Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainer and offers workshops on compassionate communication, self-empathy, and contemplative practice in community, prison, and academic settings. To showcase his work, Asadullah has participated in a number of international trainings and conferences in Bangladesh, Canada, China, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, UK and USA

Published
2020-09-29
How to Cite
Asadullah, M. (2020). Community praxis: Exploring a community engagement framework for restorative justice in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Bangladesh. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, 5(3), 110-119. https://doi.org/10.35502/jcswb.125
Section
Original Research