Changing Narratives: Colonised Peoples, Criminology and Social Work

International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 3(1), 49-67.

19 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2013 Last revised: 15 Aug 2015

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Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Simone Rowe

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

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

There is growing recognition in criminology and social work of the importance of Indigenous knowledges and methodologies. Yet to date, there have been limited attempts (particularly in criminology and criminal justice social work) to consider the theoretical and practice implications of Indigenous understandings and approaches to these disciplines. Both disciplines have also been slow to recognise the importance of understanding the way in which colonial effects are perpetuated through knowledge control, particularly in the operation of criminal justice systems.

Our paper thus begins by examining the historical and institutional factors that have contributed to the continuing subjugation of Indigenous knowledges and methodologies. A discussion of the connections between the hegemony of Western science, the construction of race, and the colonial project follows. While herein Western and Indigenous approaches are conceptualised broadly, the dangers of over-simplifying these categories is also acknowledged. The paper proceeds by examining the distinctive character of each approach through a consideration of their ontological, epistemological, axiological, and methodological differences. Whilst acknowledging the considerable challenges which arise in any attempt to combine these differing world views, a pathway forward for understanding both theoretically and methodologically the relationship between Western and Indigenous approaches is proposed.

Keywords: Indigenous methodologies, Criminology, Criminal Justice Social Work, Colonialism

Suggested Citation

Cunneen, Chris and Rowe, Simone, Changing Narratives: Colonised Peoples, Criminology and Social Work (2014). International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 3(1), 49-67. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2257364 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2257364

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

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

PO Box 6811
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

Simone Rowe

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

Sydney
Australia

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