Cultural Criminology and the Engagement with Race, Gender and Post-Colonial Identities

CULTURAL CRIMINOLOGY UNLEASHED, J. Ferrell, K. Hayward, W. Morrison, M. Presdee, eds., pp. 97-108, Glasshouse Press, 2004

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/15

20 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2008  

Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Julie Stubbs

University of New South Wales (UNSW, Australia) - Faculty of Law

Abstract

This chapter explores the potential of cultural criminology as a theoretical and methodological paradigm with reference to some earlier research in which we examined the high victimisation rates of Filipino women in cases of spousal homicides compared to other Australian women. Our research considers the interplay of gender, ethnicity and first world/third world relations, both materially and symbolically, in seeking to understand the women's experiences as immigrants, their postcolonial identities and their victimisation. The gendered and racialised nature of the movement of women across national boundaries, and their subsequent exposure to more extreme levels of violence, gives the research a broader focus than simply the experiences of Filipino women in Australia. While cultural criminology provides useful insights into the construction of this symbolic world surrounding violence against women, we argue that it cannot ignore the broader global political economies of labour, capital and communications which are closely connected to the construction of apparently `localised' cultural expressions. We also demonstrate the importance of specificity in explaining how post-colonial identities and representations are constructed, and in understanding practices such as violence against immigrant women.

Keywords: Cultural criminology, gender, ethnicity, violence against women, homicide, migration, post-colonialism, internet

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Cunneen, Chris and Stubbs, Julie, Cultural Criminology and the Engagement with Race, Gender and Post-Colonial Identities. CULTURAL CRIMINOLOGY UNLEASHED, J. Ferrell, K. Hayward, W. Morrison, M. Presdee, eds., pp. 97-108, Glasshouse Press, 2004; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1084678

Chris Cunneen (Contact Author)

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

PO Box 6811
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

Julie Stubbs

University of New South Wales (UNSW, Australia) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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