Aborigines, Cowboys, "Firewater" and Jail: the view from the frontier

Broadhurst, Roderic G. (1994) Aborigines, Cowboys, "Firewater" and Jail: the view from the frontier. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 27(3), pp. 50-56.

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In 1988-89 Hall, Hunter and Spargo conducted a self-report study of alcohol consumption and the relationship to incarceration among Aborigines of the remote sparsely populated Kimberley region, north-west Australia . Hall et al do not state a hypothesis but have two aims: firstly "...to examine the relationship between self-reported alcohol consumption and the risks of incarceration in police lock-up" and secondly; to "...estimate the risk of incarceration in police cells among Aboriginal men and women in the Kimberley". These aims reflect the popular but controversial notion that alcohol causes crime. The alcohol-crime nexus is often assumed the central problem in race relations, particularly in rural Australia. Their method, however, cannot explain the relationship between alcohol and crime without information about offending that occurs when alcohol is consumed. Thus the specific relationships between alcohol use, policing, incarceration and race unique to the region are obscured by both an imprecise self-report method and the absence of a guiding hypothesis.

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ID Code: 5885
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Aborigines, alcohol and crime, racism
ISSN: 0157-1532
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1994 Australian Academic Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 20 Dec 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:36

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