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Indigenous Criminology$
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Chris Cunneen and Juan Tauri

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447321750

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447321750.001.0001

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Understanding the impact of colonialism

Understanding the impact of colonialism

(p.45) Three Understanding the impact of colonialism
Indigenous Criminology

Chris Cunneen

Juan Tauri

Policy Press

Chapter Three sets out the impact of colonialism on Indigenous peoples relevant to understanding their contemporary contact with the criminal justice system. It discusses the history of settler colonialism including genocide, violence and the role of ideas around ‘race’ and the ‘civilising mission’. The chapter explores the role of colonial criminal law in enforcing removal from lands, containment and assimilation. It outlines different modes of punishment which were introduced for Indigenous peoples. The chapter uses two examples to discuss the long-term criminogenic effects of colonialism: the forced removal of Indigenous children from their families, and the control over Indigenous trust funds, wages and labour. The chapter concludes with a discussion of resistance and the Indigenous civil rights movement.

Keywords:   colonialism, settler colonialism, genocide, criminal law, assimilation, indigenous civil rights movement

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