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Type: Journal article
Title: 'Impossible to detain ... without chains'? The use of restraints on Aboriginal people in policing and prisons
Author: Harman, K.
Grant, E.
Citation: History Australia, 2014; 11(3):157-176
Publisher: Monash University ePress
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1833-4881
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Kristyn Harman and Elizabeth Grant
Abstract: The use of restraints on Australian Aboriginal people had its inception in the early colonial period and continued well into the twentieth century. Despite condemnation in England, local opinion as to the desirability and efficacy of this practice was divided. This article explores the materiality of these restraints. It argues that chaining Aboriginal people was predicated not only on their presenting a bigger 'flight risk' than other prisoners, but that wider economic considerations provide an explanatory framework for understanding the delay between the denunciation of chaining practices and their eventual discontinuation.
Rights: Copyright status unknown
DOI: 10.1080/14490854.2014.11668538
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