The criminalization of Indigenous people

Cunneen, Chris (2006) The criminalization of Indigenous people. In: Maaka, Roger C.A. , and Andersen, Chris, (eds.) The Indigenous Experience: global perspectives. Canadian Scholars Press, Toronto, Canada, pp. 189-205.

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[Extract] The police role is the one most directly connected to the production of knowledge about offending patterns of individuals or groups. In most instances, Indigenous people would not be before the courts without having been previously charged by the police with an offence. Indeed, for public-order offences in particular, the police play a direct role in observing and defining the commission of an "offence" and apprehending the offender. In this sense, there is a symbiotic link between policing and offending. Such a link makes nonsense of the notion of discrete criminal behaviour separate from the criminal justice system itself. For the purposes of the current argument it is important to consider in general terms the way policing interacts with, and shapes, the measures we use for understanding criminal behaviour among Indigenous people.

Item ID: 15462
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-55130-300-0
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2011 00:34
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime @ 50%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice @ 100%
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