Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Date of Award

8-2007

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Michael C. Braswell

Committee Members

Larry S. Miller, John T. Whitehead

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine 7 different crime and justice films and provide a content analysis incorporating restorative justice and peacemaking perspectives. The 7 films examined in this study included 12 Angry Men, A Family Thing, American History X, American Me, Crash, Shawshank Redemption, and Traffic. The researcher examined the films and used content analysis to examine the behaviors and actions of the characters. The films were examined using 5 different analytical themes: "embracing change", "second chances", "hope", "connectedness", and "becoming more human". The current study found the 7 films examined all displayed both restorative justice and peacemaking perspectives.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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