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Title: Crime, Penal Transportation, and Digital Methodologies
Contributor(s): Godfrey, Barry (author); Homer, Caroline (author); Inwood, Kris (author); Maxwell-Stewart, Hamish  (author)orcid ; Reed, Rebecca (author); Tuffin, Richard  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2021-06
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1353/jwh.2021.0023Open Access Link
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Abstract: 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.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/DP180103952
Source of Publication: Journal of World History, 32(2), p. 241-260
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1527-8050
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 430306 Digital history
430302 Australian history
380103 Economic history
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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