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From romanticism to realism: Southern Criminology and its critics


Travers, M, From romanticism to realism: Southern Criminology and its critics, Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 5th Biennial International Conference, 15-17 July, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, pp. 2. (2019) [Keynote Presentation]

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As Southern Criminology develops, it will receive its fair share of criticisms. In this paper, I will review three early papers by sympathetic critics that seek to strengthen the approach. Chris Cunneen (2018) has argued that, when conceptualising the South, there should be more recognition of Indigenous experiences. Leon Moosavi (2018) has asked whether Australia suffers marginality that is comparable with developing countries. My own contribution criticises critical theorists for over-generalising and romanticising non-western cultures and viewpoints (Travers 2017). In discussing these critical traditions, I draw on my own experiences: supervising an Indigenous project in Tasmania; engaging with international literatures as an Australian academic; and attending a conference on juvenile justice in the People’s Republic of China. Realism will take us further on the journey than romanticism, even though it complicates any political program.

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Item Type:Keynote Presentation
Keywords:southern criminology, postcolonial
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Other Indigenous studies
Research Field:Other Indigenous studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Travers, M (Associate Professor Max Travers)
ID Code:135481
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-10-24
Last Modified:2019-10-31
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