Postcolonial Criminology: “The Past Isn’t Over…”

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


This chapter illustrates that the “colonial matrix of power” continues to lie at the centre of settler colonial relationships, notably in the criminal justice system, and knowledges, particularly the Criminology of the Global North. In response to this matrix, Indigenous strategies of refusal, resistance and resurgence—the Three Rs—reshape continually reshape settler dynamics. We posit a postcolonial and post-disciplinary criminology that rejects imperial regimes of truth (of which Indigenous crime and deficit are core) and proposes a pluriversity of truths, including truths about state crime and Indigenous strengths.


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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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