Decolonising Indigenous Victimisation

In Crime, Victims and Policy: International Contexts, Local Experiences. Edited by D. Wilson & S. Ross. Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 10-32.

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2015-47

31 Pages Posted: 20 May 2014 Last revised: 16 Sep 2015

See all articles by Chris Cunneen

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

Simone Rowe

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

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This chapter is part of a broader project we refer to as the 'penal/colonial complex'; a project that seeks to delineate, de-centre and challenge the dominant mechanisms through which law, policy and practice continue to subjugate Indigenous peoples, their cultures and knowledges. We see the need to de-centre victimology at both a theoretical and policy level as an important component of the broader project. Our intentions in this chapter are fivefold: to consider the current status of the victimisation (and, we argue, concomitant criminalisation) of Indigenous peoples in postcolonial western settler societies; to establish the limitations of Eurocentric victimological approaches to understanding this phenomenon; to clarify how an alternative critical Indigenous analytic framework can transgress these limitations; to contrast Indigenous and state policy responses to Indigenous victimisation; and thereby establish the analytical and decolonising significance of critical Indigenous approaches.

Keywords: Decolonisation; Indigenous Victimisation; Indigenous Criminalisation; Critical Indigenous approaches

Suggested Citation

Cunneen, Chris and Rowe, Simone, Decolonising Indigenous Victimisation (2015). In Crime, Victims and Policy: International Contexts, Local Experiences. Edited by D. Wilson & S. Ross. Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 10-32. ; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2015-47. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2438503

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

Simone Rowe

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

Sydney
Australia

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