Hybrid Justice (i): Indigenous Sentencing and Justice Planning

  • Harry Blagg
  • Thalia Anthony
Part of the Critical Criminological Perspectives book series (CCRP)


This chapter considers how the operation of the “third space” (Bhabha 1994) between the Global South and the Global North is enlivened to deepen Indigenous place-based and place-centred forms of political, social and legal organisation. It asks whether sentencing—as a site of punishment, rehabilitation and integration—can do more than further objectives of state law and order, and instead augment Indigenous social orders? Can Indigenous innovations in sentencing embody inter-cultural struggle and negotiation or are they at the mercy of state control? It suggests that Indigenous Law and Justice planning, rather than sentencing, exhibits indicia of inter-cultural struggle that countermands the dictates of the state and white laws. Whatever its form, inter-cultural spaces remain fragile to the colonial project and its persistent drive for hegemony.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry Blagg
    • 1
  • Thalia Anthony
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of LawUniversity of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia

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