Added: May 6, 2017 – Last updated: May 6, 2017


Authors: Andy Kaladelfos and Lisa Featherstone

Title: Race and Ethnicity in Sex Crimes Trials from 1950s Australia

Subtitle: -

In: Legacies of Violence: Rendering the Unspeakable Past in Modern Australia

Edited by: Robert Mason

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Berghahn Books

Year: 2017

Pages: 217-232

ISBN-13: 9781785334368 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN.13: 9781785334375 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | Oceanian History: Australian History | Prosecution: Trials / Trials in the 20th Century


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Lisa Featherstone, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, University of

Andy Kaladelfos, Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith, ResearchGate

Abstract: »Andy Kaladelfos and Lisa Featherstone investigate race and gender in postwar Australia through a series of sex crime trials. Their chapter connects with a number of others in the collection, in its exploration of 'how the state negotiated culturally contested meanings over gender and violence'. By focusing on postwar migrants and refugees, the authors connect this negotiation with the postwar legacy of violence and trauma. Anglo-Australians couched their concerns in the language of threatened national virility 'at the hands of foreign sexual criminals', deploying heteronormativity at the heart of a discourse of whiteness. This racialization of crime, overlaid with the portrayal of gender-based violence, is at the core of their chapter (and connects similarly with a number of other chapters in the collection). They reveal how immigration status and cultural preconceptions have fundamentally limited people's access to justice throughout Australian history, and that this challenge continues in the present time.« (Source: Robert Mason. »Introduction: Rendering the Legacies of the Past.« Legacies of Violence: Rendering the Unspeakable Past in Modern Australia. Edited by Robert Mason. New York 2017: 9)

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