Indigenous Criminology comprehensively explores Indigenous people’s contact with criminal justice systems in a contemporary and historical context. It addresses both the theoretical underpinnings of the development of a specific Indigenous criminology, and canvasses the broader policy and practice implications for criminal justice.
Indigenous Criminology is the first book to comprehensively explore Indigenous people’s contact with criminal justice systems in a contemporary and historical context. Drawing on comparative Indigenous material from North America, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, it addresses both the theoretical underpinnings to the development of a specific Indigenous criminology, and canvasses the broader policy and practice implications for criminal justice.
Written by leading criminologists specialising in Indigenous justice issues, the book argues for the importance of Indigenous knowledges and methodologies to criminology, and suggests that colonialism needs to be a fundamental concept to criminology in order to understand contemporary problems such as deaths in custody, high imprisonment rates, police brutality and the high levels of violence in some Indigenous communities.
Prioritising the voices of Indigenous peoples, the work will make a significant contribution to the development of a decolonising criminology and will be of wide interest.
Chris Cunneen is Professor of Criminology at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia. He has an international reputation as a leading criminologist specialising in Indigenous people and the law, juvenile justice, restorative justice, policing, prison issues and human rights. Chris has participated in a number of Australian Royal Commissions and Inquiries and with the federal Australian Human Rights Commission. He also holds a conjoint position with the Cairns Institute at James Cook University, Australia.
Juan Tauri is an Indigenous criminologist from Aotearoa (New Zealand). A graduate from the University of Cambridge, he is a critical commentator on criminal justice matters of importance to First Nations, including state responses, policy making, and media representation of crime and the Indigenous world. Juan has published widely and holds a visiting appointment at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
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