The urban focus of crime has dominated the attention of criminologists. Although images of idyllic, crime-free areas beyond the cityscape persist, there is scant academic consideration of the realities and variances of crime across regional, rural and remote Australia.
Contributors to Locating Crime explore the nexus between crime and space, examining the complexities that exist in policing, prosecuting and punishing crime in different zones. The various authors draw upon original knowledge and insight and utilise innovative research and an interdisciplinary approach to their work.
The broad theme of Locating Crime is centred on ‘context, place and space’, but several sub-themes emerge too. Contributors grapple with a number of issues: contextualisations of rurality; notions of ‘access to justice’; the importance of building ‘social capital’; the role of history; and of proactively addressing offending rates with crime prevention measures. This original research adds significantly to criminological understandings of crime in different spaces and offers novel insights of the impact upon victims and communities affected by crime in non-urban environments.
Twelve scholarly chapters are grounded in criminological, legal and socio-legal frameworks and incorporate theoretical and practical knowledge from other fields such as history, sociology, cultural geography, media, cultural studies and Indigenous studies. The contributions from four professionals with expert knowledge of specific facets of criminal justice systems in Australia offer evaluations often absent from scholarly criminological literature. By melding both academic and practitioner discourse into the same work, this book allows a greater appreciation of the nexus between thought and practice.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Elaine Barclay
List of Figures and Tables
Introduction: Locating Regional, Rural and Remote Crime in Theoretical and Contemporary Context
Bridget Harris and Alistair Harkness
PART A: LOCATING CRIME
1. An Interpretive Approach to Understanding Crime in Rural Australia
John Scott and Dean Biron
2. Placing Crime: The Failings of Urban-Centric Environmental Criminology
Murray Lee and Garner Clancy
3. Development of Crime and the Criminal Justice System in Australia
Jenny Wise and David Andrew Roberts
4. Crime Patterns: Measurement and Evaluation of Crime and Deviance in Rural and Regional Australia
PART B: CRIMINAL JUSTICE ISSUES AND RESPONSES
5. The Place of Indigenous People: Locating Crime and Criminal Justice in a Colonising World
6. Violent Landscapes: A Spatial Study of Family Violence
7. Policing of Protest in Rural and Regional Contexts
8. Farm Crime: The Forgotten Frontier?
9. Access to Justice in Rural and Regional Settings: Evolving Perspectives and Contexts
10. Witness, Judge or Watchdog?: Journalism and Regional Courts
Kristy Hess and Lisa Waller
11. Penology from City to Country: Rurality and Penality in Australia
12. Crime Prevention in Varied Settings
PART C: PRACTITIONER PERSPECTIVES
13. Policing ‘The Country’
14. Law and True Justice: A Practitioner’s Perspective from the Top End
15. Bush Courts and Beyond
16. Lawmaking or Making Justice?: Foundations for Criminal Justice Responses in Rural and Regional Communities