The Federation Press

Locating Crime in Context and Place

Perspectives on Regional, Rural and Remote Australia


The urban focus of crime has dominated the attention of criminologists. Although images of idyllic, crime-free areas beyond the cityscape persist, there is scant academic consideration of the realities and variances of crime across regional, rural and remote Australia.

Contributors to Locating Crime explore the nexus between crime and space, examining the complexities that exist in policing, prosecuting and punishing crime in different zones. The various authors draw upon original knowledge and insight and utilise innovative research and an interdisciplinary approach to their work.

The broad theme of Locating Crime is centred on ‘context, place and space’, but several sub-themes emerge too. Contributors grapple with a number of issues: contextualisations of rurality; notions of ‘access to justice’; the importance of building ‘social capital’; the role of history; and of proactively addressing offending rates with crime prevention measures. This original research adds significantly to criminological understandings of crime in different spaces and offers novel insights of the impact upon victims and communities affected by crime in non-urban environments.

Twelve scholarly chapters are grounded in criminological, legal and socio-legal frameworks and incorporate theoretical and practical knowledge from other fields such as history, sociology, cultural geography, media, cultural studies and Indigenous studies. The contributions from four professionals with expert knowledge of specific facets of criminal justice systems in Australia offer evaluations often absent from scholarly criminological literature. By melding both academic and practitioner discourse into the same work, this book allows a greater appreciation of the nexus between thought and practice.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Elaine Barclay
List of Figures and Tables
Common Acronyms

Introduction: Locating Regional, Rural and Remote Crime in Theoretical and Contemporary Context
Bridget Harris and Alistair Harkness


1.   An Interpretive Approach to Understanding Crime in Rural Australia
John Scott and Dean Biron

2.   Placing Crime: The Failings of Urban-Centric Environmental Criminology
Murray Lee and Garner Clancy

3.   Development of Crime and the Criminal Justice System in Australia
Jenny Wise and David Andrew Roberts

4.   Crime Patterns: Measurement and Evaluation of Crime and Deviance in Rural and Regional Australia
Frank Morgan


5.   The Place of Indigenous People: Locating Crime and Criminal Justice in a Colonising World
Chris Cunneen

6.   Violent Landscapes: A Spatial Study of Family Violence
Bridget Harris

7.   Policing of Protest in Rural and Regional Contexts
David Baker

8.   Farm Crime: The Forgotten Frontier?
Alistair Harkness

9.   Access to Justice in Rural and Regional Settings: Evolving Perspectives and Contexts
Richard Coverdale

10.  Witness, Judge or Watchdog?: Journalism and Regional Courts
Kristy Hess and Lisa Waller

11.  Penology from City to Country: Rurality and Penality in Australia
Russell Hogg

12.  Crime Prevention in Varied Settings
Anthony Morgan


13.  Policing ‘The Country’
Robert Haldane

14.  Law and True Justice: A Practitioner’s Perspective from the Top End
Jonathon Hunyor

15.  Bush Courts and Beyond
Jenny Blokland

16.  Lawmaking or Making Justice?: Foundations for Criminal Justice Responses in Rural and Regional Communities
Rob Hulls

David Baker


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