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Title: Policing a free society: Drunkenness and liberty in colonial New South Wales
Contributor(s): Allen, Matt  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: David Buchanan was a radical politician, a temperance advocate and a notorious drunkard. His personal struggles with alcohol and the law in New South Wales in the 1860s illustrate changing understandings of drunkenness, but also the wider transformation of the colony under responsible government. As a free society developed, public drunkenness became a symbol of deviance and the authorities used the crime of drunkenness to manage public order and uphold respectability. An increasingly interventionist state challenged traditional notions of individual liberty when it assumed responsibility for problems like drunkenness.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: History Australia, 12(2), p. 143-164
Publisher: Monash University ePress
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1833-4881
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 210305 British History
210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 430304 British history
430302 Australian history
440211 Police administration, procedures and practice
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 950503 Understanding Australias Past
940402 Crime Prevention
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 130703 Understanding Australia’s past
230402 Crime prevention
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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