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The Withering Away of the Law: An Indigenous Perspective on the Decolonisation of the Criminal Justice System and Criminology
The decolonisation of criminology should not be seen as an event marked by the publication of an eponymous text, rather it should be seen as the scholar-activism that is on-going especially in the face of the reality that postcolonialism appears to be giving way to the project of recolonisation. Moreover, the struggle for decolonisation continues due to the fact that the postcolonial does not capture adequately the ambition of permanence in settler colonialism. Imperialism is stubbornly intolerant of decolonisation especially in an exclusionary scholarly field like criminology that remains under the dominance of patriarchal white supremacist imperialist thought. Like all Eurocentric disciplines, Criminology demands the ‘submission’ of critical Indigenous scholars as a condition for toleration and tokenistic rewards by the ‘guild masters’ in the discipline with the institutionalised racist-sexist-imperialist power to pass or fail, award or deny grants, publish or perish, approve policies or criminalise Others. As a consequence, most of the former colonised locations have failed to develop teaching in criminology with the exception of settler colonial locations where the discipline is booming even while Indigenous scholars continue to be marginalised everywhere (Agozino 2003, Deckert 2014, Feagin, et al 2014, Cunneen & Tauri 2016).
Recommended CitationAgozino, Biko, The Withering Away of the Law: An Indigenous Perspective on the Decolonisation of the Criminal Justice System and Criminology, Journal of Global Indigeneity, 3(1), 2018.