'Surveillance, Stigma, Removal: Indigenous Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice in the Age of Neoliberalism'

Australian Indigenous Law Review, 2015/2016, Vol 19, No 1, pp 32-45.

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 17-23

15 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2016 Last revised: 13 Jul 2018

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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: 2015

Abstract

This article explores the changes in Indigenous child welfare and juvenile justice in the context of neoliberalism. Neoliberalism is associated with a free market economy involving deregulation, government austerity, free trade and privatization. One outcome of this has been the greater concentration of wealth and power. This paper is primarily concerned with the values and ideas that underpin neoliberalism. It is argued that neoliberalism has seen a disavowal of colonialism in understanding both child welfare and juvenile justice and is fundamentally assimilationist when it comes to Indigenous people. Two issues in particular stand out when considering the transformation of child welfare and juvenile justice under neoliberalism. The first is the role of managerialism and the related ascendancy of risk-thinking. The second is the rise of responsibilisation and welfare conditionality and its links with criminalization. Both have led to a growing punitiveness in responses to Indigenous children.

Keywords: Indigenous children, child welfare, juvenile justice, neoliberalism

Suggested Citation

Cunneen, Chris, 'Surveillance, Stigma, Removal: Indigenous Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice in the Age of Neoliberalism' (2015). Australian Indigenous Law Review, 2015/2016, Vol 19, No 1, pp 32-45.; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 17-23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2888186

Chris Cunneen (Contact Author)

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney ( email )

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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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