Decolonising Indigenous Victimisation
In Crime, Victims and Policy: International Contexts, Local Experiences. Edited by D. Wilson & S. Ross. Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 10-32.
31 Pages Posted: 20 May 2014 Last revised: 16 Sep 2015
Date Written: 2015
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
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