Imprisoned Indigenous Women and the Shadow of Colonial Patriarchy

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Forthcoming

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2014-23

24 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2014 Last revised: 17 May 2014

See all articles by Eileen Baldry

Eileen Baldry

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

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

Date Written: 2014

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 Indigenous peoples in particular have experienced rapidly expanding imprisonment rates over recent decades. Our argument in 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. We develop this understanding through a specific focus on Indigenous women. Although at a micro level, specific legislation and policy changes have had a negative impact 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: Indigenous imprisonment, postcolonialism, women's imprisonment, penal excess, patriarchy

Suggested Citation

Baldry, Eileen and Cunneen, Chris, Imprisoned Indigenous Women and the Shadow of Colonial Patriarchy (2014). Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Forthcoming; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2014-23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2411862

Eileen Baldry

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

Sydney
Australia

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

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