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Southern Death Investigation: Theorizing Coronial Work from the Global South

  • Rebecca Scott Bray
  • Belinda Carpenter
  • Michael Barnes
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Abstract

Taking Australia as its example, this chapter argues that Southern death investigation exhibits a unique constellation of features developed in response to law on the frontier, and colonial settler society in its stead, and is a jurisdiction more deserving of critical criminological reflection. Australian coronial law and practice has been strongly shaped by its deaths, some contentious, and which petition distinct socio-legal legacies relating to key criminological issues. This chapter sets out this history, highlighting the empirical work already underway illuminating Southern death investigation practices and connecting global coronial concerns. Its aim is twofold: firstly, to discover the contributions of Australian death investigation to theoretically thinking through fatality and its effects and, secondly, to bring death investigation finally, fully, into the global criminological project.

Keywords

Coroners Death investigation Southern criminology Inquests 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Scott Bray
    • 1
  • Belinda Carpenter
    • 2
  • Michael Barnes
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Social and Political SciencesThe University of SydneyCamperdownAustralia
  2. 2.School of JusticeQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.State Coroner’s CourtGlebeAustralia

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