A time to be heard: Sudanese Australian voices about criminal and social justice matters

Dawes, Glenn, and Coventry, Garry (2012) A time to be heard: Sudanese Australian voices about criminal and social justice matters. In: Proceedings of the 5th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, pp. 1-12. From: 5th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, 7 - 8 July 2011, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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[Extract] The seeds for this researchc were sown when two north Queensland academics (Coventry and Dawes, 2006) responded to a raft of media reports about "community concerns" relating to Sudanese refugees and the problems they encountered while integrating into Australian society. Some of these reports by academics such as Associate Professor Andrew Fraser suggested that Sudanese were inherently more criminogenic and possessed lower IQS than other Australians. These assertions were supported by other academics like Dr Jim Saleam (linked to a group called hte Concerned Citizens Collective and previously conviced of shooting another prominant African) who claimed that refugee migration into Australia was a recipe for widespread social upheaval because such peoples came from 'utterly fracutured societies wherer the use of the gunand the knife is the common way to settle disputes' (ABC News, 2005). Within this context, Sudanese Australians were demonised and represented as a fundamental threat to law and order in Australian society (Colic-Peisker and Tilubry, 2008).

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Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
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ISBN: 978-0-9808572-4-5
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2013 05:47
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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