Colonial Processes, Indigenous Peoples, and Criminal Justice Systems
University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Faculty of Law; James Cook University - Cairns Institute
In M. Tonry and S. Bucerius (Eds), The Oxford Handbook of Ethnicity, Crime, and Immigration. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 386-407
UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2013-19
This chapter considers the interaction between colonial processes, Indigenous peoples and criminal justice systems. The commonalities in the experiences of Indigenous peoples in white settler societies (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US) provide the focus for an exploration of the implications of the colonial process for understanding Indigenous contact with western criminal justice systems across a number of domains. A fundamental point derived from this exploration is that the politics and outcomes of colonization are not simply of historical interest. Rather, the contemporary relationship between Indigenous people and crime, punishment, and justice is structured by these longer term relationships.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: Indigenous, Colonisation, Crime, Punishment, JusticeAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 17, 2013 ; Last revised: March 20, 2014
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