Crime, Penal Transportation, and Digital Methodologies

Godfrey, Barry ORCID: 0000-0002-4119-5137, Homer, Caroline, Inwood, Kris, Maxwell-Stewart, Hamish, Reed, Rebecca and Tuffin, Richard
(2021) Crime, Penal Transportation, and Digital Methodologies. Journal of World History, 32 (2). pp. 241-260.

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This article argues that the ability to systematically analyze hundreds of thousands of life course events provides an opportunity to explore the ways in which an Australian convict archive was originally intended to be used, as well as a means of placing information supplied by subalterns within context. We also show how the digital reconstruction of the bureaucratic instruments of colonial labor management can be used to shed light on state actions. Using a combination of longitudinal and cross-sectional techniques, we place the experience of transported men and women within the colonial context of evolving labor markets, policing, and criminal justice systems, exploring questions of colonial class formation, gender, and labor mobility in the process. We end by pointing to how such datasets might be used in future undergraduate teaching and digitization initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital history, crime history, convict transportation, life course history, spatial analysis, archival ecologies
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Law and Social Justice
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2021 10:33
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:27
DOI: 10.1353/jwh.2021.0023
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