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Author: Michelle Erai

Title: Criminal Sittings

Subtitle: Rape in the Colony, New Zealand, 1862

Journal: Journal of Historical Sociology

Volume: 24

Issue: 2

Year: June 2011 (Published online: June 23, 2011)

Pages: 186-209

ISSN: 0952-1909 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1467-6443 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century | Oceanian History: New Zealand History | Prosecution: Trials; Types: Interracial Rape



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Author: Michelle Erai, Department of Gender Studies, University of California at Los Angeles –

Abstract: »In 1862 His Honor, Justice Johnston, issued his instructions to the jury of the New Zealand Supreme Court for two simultaneous rape trials – the alleged rape of a European woman by two Māori men, and an alleged "assault with intent to commit a rape"; of a Māori woman by a European man. This article argues that those instructions should be read within an historiographical critique of British colonial expansion, print capitalism and violence. Drawing on feminist postcolonial theorizing the question posed here, is, "What is the historical, ideological context for a newspaper reporting of the possible rape of a Māori woman in 1862?"« (Source: Journal of Historical Sociology)

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