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Crime, penal transportation, and digital methodologies


Godfrey, B and Homer, C and Inwood, K and Maxwell-Stewart, HJ and Read, RR and Tuffin, R, Crime, penal transportation, and digital methodologies, Journal of World History, 32, (2) pp. 241-260. ISSN 1045-6007 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1353/jwh.2021.0023


This article argues that the ability to systematically analyze hundreds of thousands of life course events provides an opportunity to explore the ways in which an Australian convict archive was originally intended to be used, as well as a means of placing information supplied by subalterns within context. We also show how the digital reconstruction of the bureaucratic instruments of colonial labor management can be used to shed light on state actions. Using a combination of longitudinal and cross-sectional techniques, we place the experience of transported men and women within the colonial context of evolving labor markets, policing, and criminal justice systems, exploring questions of colonial class formation, gender, and labor mobility in the process. We end by pointing to how such datasets might be used in future undergraduate teaching and digitization initiatives.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:digital history, crime history, convict transportation, life course history, spatial analysis, archival ecologies
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Maxwell-Stewart, HJ (Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart)
UTAS Author:Read, RR (Mrs Rebecca Read)
ID Code:151889
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2022-08-08
Last Modified:2022-09-13

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