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Neo-Colonial Injustice and the Mass Imprisonment of Indigenous Women

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  • Examines the sharp rise in Indigenous women imprisonment
  • Includes contributors who are embedded in Indigenous communities
  • Speaks to academics in criminology, sociology, Indigenous studies, women and gender studies, and beyond

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This book closes a gap in decolonizing intersectional and comparative research by addressing issues around the mass incarceration of Indigenous women in the US, Australia, Canada, and Aotearoa New Zealand. This edited collection seeks to add to the criminological discourse by increasing public awareness of the social problem of disproportionate incarceration rates. It illuminates how settler-colonial societies continue to deny many Indigenous peoples the life relatively free from state interference which most citizens enjoy. The authors explore how White-settler supremacy is exercised and preserved through neo-colonial institutions, policies and laws leading to failures in social and criminal justice reform and the impact of women’s incarceration on their children, partners, families, and communities. It also explores the tools of activism and resistance that Indigenous peoples use to resist neo-colonial marginalisation tactics to decolonise their lives and communities. Withmost contributors embedded in their indigenous communities, this collection is written from academic as well as community and experiential perspectives. It will be a comprehensive resource for academics and students of criminology, sociology, Indigenous studies, women and gender studies and related academic disciplines, as well as non-academic audiences: offering new knowledge and insider insights both nationally and internationally.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

    Lily George

  • University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

    Adele N. Norris, Juan Tauri

  • Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

    Antje Deckert

About the editors

Lily George is Adjunct Research Fellow with Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She serves as Chair of the New Zealand Ethics Committee. Of the Te Kapotai/Ngāpuhi tribes, her research interests include Māori youth development, incarceration of Māori and Indigenous women, and she specialises in Indigenous community-based health and wellbeing research.

Adele N. Norris is Senior lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Adele’s scholarship engages black feminist methodologies to explore state-sanctioned violence against black and brown bodies.

Antje Deckert is Senior Lecturer of Criminology at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Her research examines academic and media crime discourses and their interactions with Indigenous peoples and epistemologies. Antje is co-editor of both the Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice (2017) and the peer-reviewed journal Decolonization of Criminology and Justice.

Juan Tauri (Ngati Porou tribe) is Senior Lecturer in the Sociology and Social Policy programme at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Juan’s research projects focus on a diverse range of topics, including youth gangs, domestic violence, Indigenous experiences of prison, and the globalisation of restorative justice, and is co-editor of Decolonization of Criminology and Justice. 

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