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NCJ Number: 171505 Find in a Library
Title: Power/Knowledge and Public Space: Policing the 'Aboriginal Towns'
Journal: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology  Volume:30  Issue:3  Dated:(December 1997)  Pages:275-291
Author(s): J White
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 17
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This article examines the interaction between Aboriginal people and police in the rural communities of North-West New South Wales.
Abstract: The overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system is very well established. Further, the key role of the police in this overrepresentation -- as distinct from essentially passive respondents to a presumably criminal Aboriginal population -- has also been widely accepted within the field of criminology. The article attempts to form an understanding of the interaction between Aboriginal people and police by analyzing the manner in which knowledge of the Aboriginal subject is constructed through material police practices in a particular context, the rural communities of North-West New South Wales. The paper emphasizes the relationship between the structural imperatives of policing and the specific conditions of particular policed spaces, and the active role played by Aboriginal people in the creation of policing outcomes. An important theoretical point that emerges from this analysis is that explanations of the over-policing of Aboriginal communities in late 20th century Australia must commence with relatively homogenous police practices and an awareness of the centrality of public space to policing functions. Notes, table, references
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Aborigines; Australia; Foreign criminal justice systems; Minorities; Minority overrepresentation; New South Wales; Police policies and procedures; Police-minority relations; World criminology
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