skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 158216 Find in a Library
Title: Community Justice or Just Communities? Aboriginal Communities in Search of Justice
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:37  Issue:4  Dated:(October 1995)  Pages:521-545
Author(s): C LaPrairie
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 25
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article explores the role of justice in aboriginal communities in Canada, and discusses the growing willingness of the Federal Government to accommodate a more informal, accessible form of local justice for native peoples.
Abstract: The discussion is based on findings from three distinct research activities on the subject of aboriginal justice, two conducted on reserves and one in the inner core areas of four Canadian cities. Some of the issues emphasized by this research included value-conflict in contemporary communities, social and economic conditions in contemporary communities, social stratification in contemporary communities, and the impact of State law on local justice. The author challenges the conventional wisdom that popular justice and State transformation are in opposition to each other, and that the State is in need of transformation through the activities of popular justice. The article concludes that popular justice is concerned with the potential for transforming communities by responding more realistically and effectively to their needs, inequalities, and conflicts. 18 notes and 45 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Aborigines; Canada; Foreign criminal justice systems; Indian justice
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.