Common Law and Colonised Peoples: Studies in Trinidad and Western Australia, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Common Law and Colonised Peoples

Studies in Trinidad and Western Australia, 1st Edition

By Jeannine M. Purdy

Routledge

309 pages

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Published in 1997. It is well known in Australia that Aboriginal people are currently massively over-represented amongst the prison population. Although it is not officially acknowledged to the same degree in Trinidad, it is also well-known that Afro-Trinidadians are over-represented in the prisons of that county. The disproportionate criminalisation of Aboriginal Australians and Afro-Trinidadians is interpreted by the author as a continuation and concretion of the myth of the barbaric, uncivilised and ungoverned ‘savage; in opposition to which Western legal systems and societies have created their own identities.

The book departs from much contemporary analysis in this area by drawing strongly upon a historical analysis of the operations of the common law in Trinidad and Western Australia. By doing so, the book illustrates that race/ethnicity and criminalisation are not necessarily contiguous. What such analysis does reveal is another and more constant dimension to criminalisation; and that is economic basis of many of the legal relations instituted under British derived legal systems with respect to colonised peoples.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1: Theory, Methodology and All That 2. Theory 3. Methodology 4. Other Matters Part 2: Contemporary Criminalisation 5. Criminalisation in Contemporary Trinidad 6. Criminalisation in Contemporary Western Australia Part 3: Law, Violence and Economics 7. Law 8. Violence 9. Economics 10. Conclusion

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General