Crime, Aboriginality and the Decolonisation of Justice

Crime, Aboriginality and the Decolonisation of Justice Book

  • Author(s): Blagg, H
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Hawkins Press
  • ISBN: 9781876067199

Abstract: Crime, Aboriginality and the Decolonisation of Justice explores contemporary strategies which might diminish the extraordinary levels of imprisonment and victimisation suffered by Aboriginal people in Australia. The book argues that enhancing Aboriginal ownership and control over justice and justice-related processes is a key factor and focuses on ways this can be achieved. It explores the potential for 'hybrid' initiatives in the complex 'liminal' space between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal domains, for example Aboriginal community/​night patrols, community justice groups, healing centres and Aboriginal courts. Harry Blagg disputes the relevance of the western, urban, criminological paradigm to the Aboriginal domain, and questions the application of both contemporary innovations such as restorative justice and mainstream models of policing. He also refutes allegations that Aboriginal customary laws condone violence against women and children, pointing to the wealth of research to the contrary, and suggests these laws contain considerable potential for renewal and healing. Contents 1 Introduction: decolonising criminology 2 Criminal justice as waste management: modernity and its shadow 3 Aboriginal youth: culture, resistance and the dynamics of self-destruction 4 Restorative justice: a good idea whose time has gone by? 5 Aboriginal police and policing 6 Aboriginal self-policing initiatives 7 Silenced in court: Aboriginal people and the courts 8 Family violence 9 Aboriginal customary law: from denial to recognition 10 Aboriginal customary law: from recognition to abolition? 11 Governance from below: community justice mechanisms, crime and disorder

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