Imprisoned Indigenous women and the shadow of colonial patriarchy

Baldry, Eileen, and Cunneen, Chris (2014) Imprisoned Indigenous women and the shadow of colonial patriarchy. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 47 (2). pp. 276-298.

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Imprisonment in Australia has been a growing industry and large numbers of vulnerable people find themselves in a state of serial incarceration. Women and Indigenous peoples in particular have experienced rapidly expanding imprisonment rates over recent decades. Our argument in this article is relatively straightforward: to understand contemporary penal culture and in particular its severity and excess in relation to Indigenous people and women, we need to draw upon an understanding of the dynamics of colonial patriarchy. We develop this understanding through a specific focus on Indigenous women. Although at a micro level, specific legislation and policy changes have had a negative impact on the imprisonment of vulnerable groups, it is within a broader context of the strategies and techniques of colonial patriarchy that we can understand why it is that particular social groups appear to become the targets of penal excess.

Item ID: 32201
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1837-9273
Keywords: Indigenous imprisonment, postcolonialism, women's imprisonment, penal excess, patriarchy
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC DP0877331, ARC LP0669246
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2014 06:45
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law @ 30%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society @ 30%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure @ 40%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice @ 100%
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