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Impossible to detain without chains? The use of restraints on Aboriginal people in policing and prisons

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Harman, KE and Grant, E, Impossible to detain without chains? The use of restraints on Aboriginal people in policing and prisons, History Australia, 11, (3) pp. 157-176. ISSN 1449-0854 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014 Copyright Monash University

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14490854.2014.11668538

Abstract

© 2014 Taylor and Francis Group LLC. 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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Understanding Past Societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's Past
Author:Harman, KE (Dr Kristyn Harman)
ID Code:92247
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Humanities
Deposited On:2014-06-11
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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