In Defence of Decolonisation: a response toSouthern Criminology

British Society of Criminology
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Mohwak scholar Taiaiake Alfred has remarked that in settler colonies, reconciliation is another form of re-colonisation. The “reconciliation of Indigenous people to colonialism”, in Alfred’s words, do not challenge structures of power that deny First Nations people substantive rights. We draw on Alfred’s observations to highlight the agenda of Southern Criminology. This increasingly influential school while seeking to engage epistemologies of the South reinscribes colonial relations of power, including colonial hierarchies of knowledge. It does so by uncritically bringing together the North and the South through a working partnership in criminology. Our blog represents a defence of decolonising frameworks. We contend that challenging colonial legacies in criminology is crucial for building more inclusive ideas and praxes.
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