Date Thesis Awarded

5-2015

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

Sociology

Advisor

Kathleen Jenkins

Committee Member

George Greenia

Committee Member

Tracy Sohoni

Abstract

This research explores alternative justice processes that activate culturally specific rituals intending to reintegrate the offender back into the community. This study uses an ethnographic research design that began on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain in 2012 and expanded to therapeutic justice programs amidst varying political-cultural contexts in California and New South Wales, Australia. The analysis expands upon theory on rituals of reintegrative shaming in restorative justice settings and forwards the concept of “Embedding Justice.” Embedding Justice is the symbolic activation of cultural beliefs and values through justice rituals undergone at the community level. I illustrate the ritual mechanisms shared across these three sites in Embedding Justice shaming rituals and consider their implications for the study of reintegrative justice.