Australian Aboriginal English and cultural conceptions : can they affect policing?

Randles, Antonia & Lauchs, Mark A. (2013) Australian Aboriginal English and cultural conceptions : can they affect policing? In Richards, Kelly & Tauri, Juan Marcellus (Eds.) Crime, Justice and Social Democracy : Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference, Crime and Justice Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 163-172.

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It is well established that there are inherent difficulties involved in communicating across cultural boundaries. When these difficulties are encountered within the justice system the innocent can be convicted and witnesses undermined. A large amount of research has been undertaken regarding the implications of miscommunication within the courtroom but far less has been carried out on language and interactions between police and Indigenous Australians. It is necessary that officers of the law be made aware of linguistic issues to ensure they conduct their investigations in a fair, effective and therefore ethical manner. This paper draws on Cultural Schema Theory to illustrate how this could be achieved. The justice system is reliant upon the skills and knowledge of the police, therefore, this paper highlights the need for research to focus on the linguistic and non‐verbal differences between Australian Aboriginal English and Australian Standard English in order to develop techniques to facilitate effective communication.

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ID Code: 72081
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: criminology research, indigenous justice, policing, Australian Aboriginal English
ISBN: 9780987467843
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Crime and Justice Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 26 May 2014 00:35
Last Modified: 26 May 2014 22:01

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