Rethinking Penal Modernism from the Global South: The Case of Convict Transportation to Australia

  • Russell Hogg
  • David Brown


Criminological accounts of penal modernization have generally overlooked the experience of convict transportation to, and in, the global South, an effect of the general tendency of metropolitan theory to embed particular experiences and perspectives, and present them as universal. In consequence, the implications for our understanding of crime and punishment of this momentous penal project, spanning more than 80 years in the case of Australia, have received limited attention. The article reflects on this lacunae in contemporary penal thought and considers some of the historical, conceptual and policy lessons that might be drawn from an effort to incorporate convict transportation into an account of modern penal development.


Southern criminology Punishment Convictism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell Hogg
    • 1
  • David Brown
    • 2
  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Law FacultyUniversity of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia

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