This chapter explores a positive way forward centred on the concept of respect. This chapter unpicks the meaning of respect and whether respect for all can work alongside respect having to be earned. Drawing on Kantian philosophy and work by Stephen Darwall and Thomas Hill, two types of respect are outlined. The political use of the language of respect is then considered in the context of work on mutuality. The chapter then considers the place of deference. It is concluded that if those with power in society want respect, they must simply first show respect, but not demand it in return. This is not how politicians have regarded respect, and such an approach would be a challenge for criminal justice agencies.
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