'Impossible to Detain.. without Chains'?: The use of Restraints on Aboriginal People in Policing and Prisonsxs

Harman, K and Grant, E 2014, ''Impossible to Detain.. without Chains'?: The use of Restraints on Aboriginal People in Policing and Prisonsxs', History Australia, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 157-176.


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Title 'Impossible to Detain.. without Chains'?: The use of Restraints on Aboriginal People in Policing and Prisonsxs
Author(s) Harman, K
Grant, E
Year 2014
Journal name History Australia
Volume number 11
Issue number 3
Start page 157
End page 176
Total pages 20
Publisher Taylor & Francis Australasia
Abstract The use of restraints on Australian Aboriginal people had its inception in the early colonial period and continued well into the twentieth century. Despite condemnation in England, local opinion as to the desirability and efficacy of this practice was divided. This article explores the materiality of these restraints. It argues that chaining Aboriginal people was predicated not only on their presenting a bigger 'flight risk' than other prisoners, but that wider economic considerations provide an explanatory framework for understanding the delay between the denunciation of chaining practices and their eventual discontinuation. This article has been peer-reviewed.
Subject Criminology not elsewhere classified
Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
Social and Cultural Anthropology
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14490854.2014.11668538
Copyright notice © 2014 Taylor and Francis Group LLC
ISSN 1449-0854
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