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Conflict, Politics and Crime : Aboriginal Communities and the Police - Chris Cunneen

Conflict, Politics and Crime

Aboriginal Communities and the Police

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Aboriginal people are grossly over-represented before the courts and in our gaols. Despite numerous inquiries, State and Federal, and the considerable funds spent trying to understand this phenomenon, nothing has changed. Indigenous people continue to be apprehended, sentenced, incarcerated and die in gaols. One part of this depressing and seemingly inexorable process is the behaviour of police.

Drawing on research from across Australia, Chris Cunneen focuses on how police and Aboriginal people interact in urban and rural environments. He explores police history and police culture, the nature of Aboriginal offending and the prevalence of over-policing, the use of police discretion, the particular circumstances of Aboriginal youth and Aboriginal women, the experience of community policing and the key police responses to Aboriginal issues. He traces the pressures on both sides of the equation brought by new political demands.

In exploring these issues, Conflict, Politics and Crime argues that changing the nature of contemporary relations between Aboriginal people and the police is a key to altering Aboriginal over-representation in the criminal justice system, and a step towards the advancement of human rights.

Acknowledgments

List of acronyms

List of tables

1. Introduction

2. The criminalisation of indigenous people

3. The nature of colonial policing

4. From over-policing to zero tolerance

5. Terror, violence and the abuse of human rights

6. Police culture and the use of discretion

7. Policing indigenous women

8. Governance and the policing of contested space

9. The reform of policing policies

10. Policing and postcolonial self-determination

Conclusion

Endnotes

Bibliography

Index

ISBN: 9781864487190
ISBN-10: 1864487194
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st March 2001
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1