'A nuisance to the community': policing the vagrant woman

Author(s)

Kimber, Julie

Abstract

The charge of vagrancy dates back to medieval England. Its subjective application and minimal evidentiary requirements provided an appealing mechanism to punish recalcitrant behaviour. This article examines methods of exclusion via the application of vagrancy provisions in a small locality in New South Wales. It does so with a particular focus on one individual. By closely interrogating a wide range of public sources, the article illuminates the process of marginalisation and highlights the injustice embedded in commonplace abuses of power. In doing so, it alerts us to the disjunction between national mythology and the lived experience of its subjects.

Publication year

2010

Publication type

Journal article

Source

Journal of Australian Studies, Vol. 34, no. 3 (Sep 2010), pp. 275-293

ISSN

1444-3058

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Copyright

Copyright © 2010 International Australian Studies Association.

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