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Australia (1990) by Elwyn Lynn Mixed media on canvas 150 x 150 cm UNSW Art Collection (acquired from the CoFA Collection, 1990) (c) The Estate of Elwyn Lynn, courtesy of Charles Nodrum Gallery______________________________________________ Almost three decades have passed since a series of gun massacres shocked the nation and led to a major inquiry into Australian violence. Its ground breaking report unveiled the centrality of violence in our history and society - violence that commonly occurs in the routines and practices of everyday life - and the failings of the criminal justice system to deal with much of it. Australian Violence reflects shifts in our understanding of violence and debates issues surrounding it. It offers contemporary analyses of violence in the lives of women and girls, male drinking violence, prison violence, gun debates and gun-owning culture, and more recent concerns with hate crime, rural crime, harm directed at animals, risky and 'dangerous' offenders, and borders and detention, as well as new forms of community prevention and alternative criminal justice. It acknowledges state violence in Australia's history and present, in the dispossession of Indigenous people and the denial of Indigenous knowledge, and the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. The book engages with international theory, research and practice but also offers a distinctive Australian approach that considers what it means to be a settler nation in the global south. The authors include scholars and researchers who have led critical study and national debates about these topics and perspectives on violence.
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Foreword by Professor Raewyn ConnellAcknowledgmentsAbout the Contributors Australian Violence: Then and Now Julie Stubbs and Stephen Tomsen 1. Shooting, Spanking, Punching and Other Matters: Recollections on the Work and Impact of the National Committee on Violence Duncan Chappell 2. Guns and Massacres: The Politics of Firearms Control in Australia Mark Finnane 3. Violence in Rural Australia Kerry Carrington and Russell Hogg 4. Women, Girls and Gendered Violence Julie Stubbs 5. Penal Violence David Brown 6. Re-considering the Relationship Between Indigenous People and Violence Chris Cunneen and Simon Rowe 7. Violence as Hate Crime: The Emergence of a Discourse Gail Mason 8. The Death of Reza Barati and the Violence of Australian Border Policing Michael Grewcock 9. Risk, Dangerousness and Violence Mark Brown 10. Inter-Species Violence: Humans and the Harming of Animals Rob White 11. Nightlife Ethnography, Violence, Policing and Security Stephen Tomsen and Phillip Wadds 12. Safety in the Suburbs: Social Disadvantage, Community Mobilisation, and the Prevention of Violence Rebecca Wickes, Ross Homel and Renee Zahnow 13. Restorative Justice as an Innovative Response to Violence Janet Chan, Jane Bolitho and Jenny Bargen Index

About the Author

Julie Stubbs is a criminologist and Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. Her research is largely focused on gender and criminal justice. She has published widely on domestic violence, homicide, battered woman syndrome, sexual assault, restorative justice, bail, women's imprisonment and justice reinvestment. Her recent publications include Justice Reinvestment: Winding Back Imprisonment (Brown et al, 2016, Palgrave Macmillan). She was a member of the NSW Criminal Justice Sexual Assault Taskforce and the NSW Advisory Panel on Domestic and Family Homicides and an advisor for the National Community Attitudes to Violence against Women surveys and the VicHealth violence against women program. Stephen Tomsen is Professor of Criminology at Western Sydney University. He is a sociologist and criminologist with decades of experience researching issues of socio-legal inequality, violence, masculinity, sexuality, drinking, drug use, urban order and criminal justice. His previous books include Violence, Prejudice and Sexuality (Routledge, 2009), Crime, Criminal Justice and Masculinities: a Reader (ed, Ashgate, 2008) and Lawyers in Conflict: Australian Lawyers and Legal Aid (co-author, Federation Press, 2006).


This work is a compilation of related contributions from criminologists and sociologists on the topic of violence in Australian society. Whilst it is noted that many in Australian society do not expect to encounter violence in their own personal lives, that is far from true for others. Moreover, as the authors note, violence in Australian society appears in many different forms and, particularly, in what is viewed via the media. That is especially so in the forms of football which are viewed by many in our society. Of greater significance is the existence of domestic violence, especially as against women in both the domestic situation and in the wider society. Of particular interest in this work is the consideration of State induced violence; being where the actions of the State in the purported protection of the body politic entrenches violent attitudes. The counter-intuitive notion of State sponsored violence generating greater societal violence is not new. It has been recognised in the United States for over half a century in various studies concerning the death penalty. However, this work seems to be the first where consideration of this topic is given to the Australian situation. The book also considers the responses to violence in Australia. ... This work is confronting and important. The views expressed in it are, at times, controversial yet they ought to be considered in the important context in which they are provided. The book requires careful consideration by anyone involved in dealing with the consequences of violence in our society. - Queensland Law Reporter - 28 October 2016 - [2016] 42 QLR

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