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Young indigenous males, custody and the rites of passage

ISSN: 
0817-8542

Abstract

This paper examines the concept of incarceration as an alternative "rite of passage" for young Indigenous males. The study was based on a series of interviews with young Indigenous offenders in the Northern Territory. The findings suggest that the concept of incarceration as a rite of passage needs to be substantially reconfigured. While imprisonment can certainly serve as a testing ground for young Indigenous males, it does not replace traditional rites of passage in remote communities, and needs to be recognised as a phase in criminal trajectories characterised by a lack of access to basic social resources.

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Ogilvie E & Zyl A. 2001. Young indigenous males, custody and the rites of passage. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice No. 204. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi204