Framing the Crimes of Colonialism: Critical Images of Aboriginal Art and Law
FRAMING CRIME: CULTURAL CRIMINOLOGY AND THE IMAGE, pp. 115-137, K. Hayward, M. Presdee, eds., Routledge, 2010
23 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2011 Last revised: 15 Dec 2011
Date Written: January 9, 2011
This chapter considers images of crime and law, and what we, through the lens of cultural criminology, might learn of the nature and experiences of crime represented through the image. The images considered in this chapter are particular: Australian Aboriginal art. These artworks function on two levels, as an expression of Aboriginal law and, more extensively, as a critique of the imposed colonial law. Both in traditional and contemporary society, Aboriginal art is a powerful medium for expressing Aboriginal law and culture.
Keywords: Cultural Criminology, Australian Aboriginal Art
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