Criminology, human rights and Indigenous peoples

Cunneen, Chris (2007) Criminology, human rights and Indigenous peoples. In: Parmentier, Stephan, and Weitekamp, Elmar G.M., (eds.) Crime and Human Rights. Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, 9 . Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, UK, pp. 239-261.

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[Extract] Criminology, human rights and Indigenous peoples: how do we understand the connections between these three terms? For too long the voices arguing to connect criminology with human rights were isolated and marginalized. At best, the possible links were seen as peripheral to the main concerns of criminology. At worst, bringing a human rights understanding to definitions of crime and criminal justice was seen as undermining criminology’s search for scientific status. And as for Indigenous people? They were seen as part of the "crime problem", a segment of the problem population whose criminality needed explanation. Human rights apparently had nothing to do with their offending behaviour.

However, over the last decade or so the intellectual terrain has shifted significantly. As a result of these developments we can see at least three strands to how we might bring criminology to a more intellectually robust understanding of Indigenous people and human rights. The first point is that Indigenous people have been victims of profound historical injustices and abuses of human rights which can be at least partially understood as state crime. The second point is that contemporary justice systems are often seen in the context of the abuse of Indigenous people's human rights. The third strand is an analysis of how claims to specific Indigenous rights impact on current criminal justice processes, and how those claims might broaden our understanding of reform and change.

Item ID: 15456
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-7623-1306-8
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2011 23:36
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180114 Human Rights Law @ 50%
22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified @ 10%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940405 Law Reform @ 20%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice @ 80%
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