Changing Narratives: Colonised Peoples and the Problem of Criminology
American Society of Criminology 68th Annual Conference, Chicago, 14-17 November 2012
Posted: 30 Dec 2012 Last revised: 18 Jul 2013
Date Written: November 5, 2012
The problem of criminology and for criminology is that it has never really developed a narrative founded in the experiences of colonisation. The founding narratives of criminology are essentially 19th century European and American industrialisation, consequent social problems and the institutional formations associated with the modern western political state within the metropolitan centres.The problem for contemporary criminology is that, as a general proposition it lacks the intellectual history and conceptual tools to approach such matters as Indigenous research methodologies, to develop convincing explanations for racialised criminalisation and incarceration, or to understand the intersection between political demands for recognition of human rights (such as self-determination) and legitimacy in the operation of criminal justice. The paper explores these issues.
Keywords: criminology, narratives, indigenous knowledges, postcolonial theory
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