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Law, Lawyers and Justice: Through Australian Lenses

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Law is different in Australia. The origins of the Australian state in a military-run British prison camp, the legal fictions of terra nullius that dispossessed, displaced and failed to see the sovereignty of First Nation people, and the efficiency currently witnessed in controlling the population and the economy during the current bio-emergency, suggest that law, and governing the land through law in Australia, is unique.

Law, Lawyers and Justice through Australian Lenses book coverIn Australian film and television, law is often represented as the opposite of justice. Law, Lawyers and Justice: Through Australian Lenses, edited by Kim Weinert (Griffith University), Karen Crawley (Griffith University) and Kieran Tranter (QUT School of Law), examines this insight.

Each of the contributors examine how law and justice has been captured as opposites by Australian film making, televisional and social media lenses.

The chapters in the book are arranged according to two parts. The first part looks at the fundamental Australian concern of the intersection of the laws of the settler state and justice for First Nation people, while the second part explores how Australian film and television intertwines gender with law and justice.

Contributors include:

  • Thalia Anthony and Kieran Tranter – examine the cultural representation of the chase in Australian films.
  • Chris Cunneen and Sophie Russell – examine how social media has become a digital space for expressions of racial hate in Australia, and how Australian law seems incapable or uninterested in addressing.
  • Kirsty Duncanson – undertakes a detailed reading of Mojo Juju’s song ‘Native Tongue’.
  • John Flood and Lili Pâquet – in separate chapters consider the Rake television series and the titular lead character Cleaver Green.
  • Kim Weinert – looks at the violent and original film Romper Stomper, to map the anxieties of an increasing neo-liberalising Australian state.
  • Bruce Baer Arnold – confronts the representation of male sexual violence in Australian film and its under recognition in Australian law.
  • Kieran Tranter – returns to the Mad Max film series to consider how the most recent film (Fury Road) inverted the messaging of the previous instalments.
  • Laura Joseph and Honni van Rijswijk – look at the re-imagined Prisoner television series in Wentworth to map the violence and loss of self, occasioned by carceral communities regardless of gender.

Law, Lawyers and Justice: Through Australian Lenses represents a maturing of cultural legal studies in Australia. This volume offers the first dedicated and sustained examination of the representation of law, lawyers and justice presented to the world in Australian film, television and social media.

Law, Lawyers and Justice: Through Australian Lenses is available now in Hardback and as an eBook through Routledge.

About Kieran Tranter

Professor Kieran Tranter is the Chair of Law, Technology and Future in the QUT School of Law and is the founding General Editor of Law, Technology and Humans. Kieran researches law, technology and the future. Drawing upon legal studies, the humanities and the social sciences, Kieran charts how humans legislate, live with, and are changed by technology. Kieran is a member of the Datafication and Automation of Human Life Research Group.

You can learn more about Kieran and his research and publications in his staff profile.

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