PRESCOTT, Coll. "Restoring (Dis)Order: Sanctions, Resolutions, and "Social Control" in Anarchist Communities"

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Contemporary Justice Review 6 (Mar 2003), 1: 9-24

This essay explores the restorative implications of anarchist

communities through an analysis of processes such as norm

formation, sanctioning, conflict resolution, & economic exchange.

The study explores ways in which anarchist communities employ

various restorative measures to maintain group cohesion & achieve

a modicum of social control through the application of natural

phenomena such as diffuse power, fluid authority, community

consensus, & mutual aid. Drawing on studies of communities

manifesting anarchist tendencies - including utopian experiments,

indigenous cultures, & the unique case of the Rainbow Family of

Living Light - a picture begins to emerge wherein conceptions of

property & the social dynamics that inhere within a community are

inextricably linked, suggesting the propensity of anarchist

communities to promote an organic synthesis of self, society, &

nature. In the end, by exploring tenets associated with the

nascent restorative justice paradigm, it is observed that

anarchist communities manifest principles that challenge the

dominant conceptions of criminality & legality, providing a

framework for envisioning models of justice-in-practice that

appear on the horizon of possibility & potentiality.