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Author: Robbie Kina

Title: Through the Eyes of a Strong Black Woman Survivor of Domestic Violence

Subtitle: An Australian Story

In: Global Lockdown: Race, Gender, and the Prison-Industrial Complex

Edited by: Julia Sudbury

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Routledge

Year: 2005 (print), 2014 (online)

Pages: 67-71

ISBN-13: 9780415950565 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780415950572 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781315810812 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | Oceanian History: Australian History | Cases: Offenders / Tony Black; Cases: Victims / Robbie Kina; Offenders: Homicide; Victims: First-Person Narratives



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Abstract: »When faced with life-threatening violence, Robbie Kina, an Aboriginal woman from Australian, "chose" to take her abusive partner's life. With brutal simplicity, Kina gives an account of her life as a sex worker and victim of domestic rape and assault and her subsequent trial and conviction. Determined not to become "just another black death in custody," Kina successfully fought her conviction on the basis on the many years of extreme violence that she had been subjected to. The colonial legacy of state and interpersonal violence against women in indigenous communities is the backdrop to this story. Aboriginal women in Australia make up 2 percent of the general population but 30 percent of the women's prison populatioon. In the past decade, this population has skyrocketed as a result of though-on-crime policies and the war on drugs. At the same time, neoliberal policies have impoverished Aboriginal communities, driving women like Kina into the streets to seek a living in the violent criminalized economies of the sex and drug trades.« (Source: Julia Sudbury. »Introduction: Feminist Critiques, Transnational Landscapes, Abolitionist Visions.« Global Lockdown: Race, Gender, and the Prison-Industrial Complex. Edited by Julia Sudbury. New York 2005: xxi)


Eriksson, Anna. Social Justice 33(4) (2006): 194-198. – Full Text: JSTOR (Restricted Access)

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