Contemporary Penality in the Shadow of Colonial Patriarchy

G.Coventry & M.Shircore (eds.), Proceedings of the 5th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference: July 7 and 8, Cairns, QLD: James Cook University, 2012

UNSW Law Research Paper No.2013-4

19 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2013 Last revised: 3 Feb 2013

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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

Eileen Baldry

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Date Written: January 7, 2013

Abstract

Imprisonment in Australia has been a growing industry and large numbers of vulnerable people find themselves in a state of serial incarceration. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in particular have experienced rapidly expanding imprisonment rates over recent decades. Our argument is this article is relatively straightforward: to understand contemporary penal culture and in particular its severity and excess in relation to Indigenous people and women, we need to draw upon an understanding of the dynamics of colonial patriarchy. Although at a micro level, specific legislation and policy changes have negatively impacted on the imprisonment of vulnerable groups, it is within a broader context of the strategies and techniques of colonial patriarchy that we can understand why it is that particular social groups appear to become the targets of penal excess.

Keywords: Australia, Imprisonment, Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Penal Culture, Colonial, Patriarchy

Suggested Citation

Cunneen, Chris and Baldry, Eileen, Contemporary Penality in the Shadow of Colonial Patriarchy (January 7, 2013). G.Coventry & M.Shircore (eds.), Proceedings of the 5th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference: July 7 and 8, Cairns, QLD: James Cook University, 2012; UNSW Law Research Paper No.2013-4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2196709

Chris Cunneen (Contact Author)

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

15 Broadway, Ultimo
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Sydney, NSW 2007
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University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
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James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

PO Box 6811
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

Eileen Baldry

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Sydney
Australia

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