Law, Justice, and Indigenous Intergenerational Trauma—A Genealogy


Aboriginal Australians experience trauma that is linked to continuing colonising practices in the present, and which are also reproduced throughout the more than 230 years of colonisation. Intergeneration trauma intersects with the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the welfare and justice systems. This paper examines evidence of the relations between trauma and colonialising practices imposed on Indigenous peoples, as past and present conditions leading to intergenerational trauma. Historical and present-day conditions affecting Aboriginal children and families are shown to set in place the conditions producing trauma over time.

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Published: 2022-09-01
Pages:165 to 177
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How to Cite
McCallum, D. (2022) “Law, Justice, and Indigenous Intergenerational Trauma—A Genealogy”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 11(3), pp. 165-177. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.2121.

Author Biography

David McCallum is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Victoria University in Melbourne. His recent book is titled 'Criminalizing Children. Welfare and the State in Australia', published by Cambridge University Press, 2017.