Victimes ou criminels? Transformation des modes d'interprétation de la sur-représentation des Aborigènes dans le système de justice pénal

Translated title of the contribution: Victims or criminals? Shifting interpretations of the over-representation of aborigines in the criminal justice system

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Abstract

In 1957, the Aboriginal Welfare Board (the authority in charge of the Aboriginal population in the State of New South Wales) questioned the soundness of one section of the Aboriginal Protection Act (APA, 1909-43) it administered. It therefore it launched a major survey in order to obtain the view on the question of all those «closely associated with aboriginal welfare and conduct», and in particular the members of the police. The Board did not just ask the police to state their opinion on the issue, but also to provide some figures about the Aboriginal population in their Patrol. The article analyses the construction of those figures, and it attempts to show how new interpretations emerged during the 1960s, especially through the rise of the political movement in favour of Aboriginal Rights.

Translated title of the contributionVictims or criminals? Shifting interpretations of the over-representation of aborigines in the criminal justice system
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)135-166
Number of pages32
JournalHistoire et Mesure
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

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