Neo-Colonial Criminology 10 Years On: The Silence Continues


Decolonial academic discourse has gained substantial momentum since 2010, prompting the question of whether research on hyperincarcerated Indigenous peoples in settler-colonial societies has increased. Earlier research found a lack of engagement with this social problem in high-ranked criminology journals in the decade preceding 2010. This study focuses on the subsequent decade (2011–2020) to ascertain any discernible shifts. The discursive mass on hyperincarcerated populations (Indigenous, African American, Hispanic American) is determined, finding that it still fails to reach the critical mass required to mainstream the idea that most discussions of criminality cannot afford to remain colourblind considering lived realities. Publication-to-incarceration-rate ratios for hyperincarcerated populations are compared, finding that the relative silence regarding Indigenous peoples also continues. The study concludes that the surging decolonial debate had little effect on the quantity of topical research published in high-ranked mainstream criminology journals, calling for future research to investigate why and to address any qualitative changes.

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Published: 2023-11-20
Issue:Online First
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Deckert, A. (2023) “Neo-Colonial Criminology 10 Years On: The Silence Continues”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.3076.

Author Biography

Auckland University of Technology
 New Zealand

As a specialist in criminology and criminal justice and as a scholar-activist, I have dedicated my career to anti-racism and centring Indigenous voices. My research and teaching consider how academic criminology continues to contribute to the oppression of Indigenous peoples. In collaboration with like-minded scholars across the globe, I push the edges of criminology from decolonizing the discipline to moving beyond it.