Indigenous Crime and Settler Law: White Sovereignty After Empire (Palgrave Macmillan Socio-Legal Studies)

Indigenous Crime and Settler Law: White Sovereignty After Empire (Palgrave Macmillan Socio-Legal Studies)

By: Heather Douglas (author), Mark Finnane (author)Hardback

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In a break from the contemporary focus on the law's response to inter-racial crime, Heather Douglas and Mark Finnane examine the foundations of criminal law's response to the victimization of one Indigenous person by another. Against the changing background of settler encounters with Australian Indigenous peoples, they show that the question of Indigenous amenability to imported British criminal law in Australia was not resolved in the nineteenth century and remains surprisingly open. Through a study of the policing and prosecution of Indigenous homicide, the book demonstrates how criminal law is consistently framed as the key test of sovereignty, whatever the challenges faced in effecting its jurisdiction. Drawing on a wealth of archival and case material, the authors conclude that settlers and Indigenous peoples still live in the shadow of empire, yet to reach an understanding of each other.

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HEATHER DOUGLAS is a professor at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. MARK FINNANE is ARC Australian Professorial Fellow and Chief Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, Griffith University, Australia.


Introduction: Histories 'Troublesome Friends and Dangerous Enemies' Amenable to the Law The Exercise of Jurisdiction A Question of Custom Equality Before the Law Towards Formal Recognition 'Benign Pessimism': A National Emergency Conclusion: Sovereignties

Product Details

  • publication date: 21/08/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780230316508
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9780230316508
  • weight: 550
  • ISBN10: 0230316506

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