Indigenous Criminology

Policy Press, Bristol, 2016.

Posted: 25 Jul 2016

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Chris Cunneen

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

Juan Tauri


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Date Written: July 23, 2016


Indigenous Criminology is the first book to comprehensively explore Indigenous people’s contact with criminal justice systems in a contemporary and historical context. Drawing on comparative Indigenous material from North America, Australia and New Zealand, it addresses both the theoretical underpinnings to the development of a specific Indigenous criminology, and canvasses the broader policy and practice implications for criminal justice.

Written by leading criminologists specialising in Indigenous justice, the book argues for the importance of Indigenous knowledges and methodologies to criminology, and suggests that colonialism needs to be a fundamental concept to criminology in order to understand contemporary problems such as deaths in custody, high imprisonment rates, police brutality and the high levels of violence in some Indigenous communities.

Prioritising the voices of Indigenous peoples, the work will make a significant contribution to the development of a decolonising criminology and will be of wide interest.

Keywords: Indigenous peoples, criminal justice, criminology

Suggested Citation

Cunneen, Chris and Tauri, Juan, Indigenous Criminology (July 23, 2016). Policy Press, Bristol, 2016., Available at SSRN:

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Juan Tauri

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