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State Crime by Proxy: Australia and the Bougainville Conflict

Lasslett, Kristian (2012) State Crime by Proxy: Australia and the Bougainville Conflict. British Journal of Criminology, 52 (4). pp. 705-723. [Journal article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/bjc/azs012


For most of the 1990s, the island of Bougainville was the subject of a counterinsurgency campaign administered by the Papua New Guinea state. The denial of humanitarian aid, extra-judicial killings and forced displacement were just some of the egregious tactics employed. Papua New Guinea’s main international benefactor, Australia, publicly remained aloof from the hostilities. However, in reality, the Australian state was covertly sponsoring Papua New Guinea’s counterinsurgency operations. Drawing on interviews with senior Australian and Papua New Guinea state officials, this paper will offer the first scholarly account of Australia’s proxy war. Employing a theoretical framework influenced by classical Marxism and Foucault, particular attention will be paid to the relationships, calculations and strategies that informed Australia’s criminogenic response.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:state crime, state terrorism, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Bougainville
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:22400
Deposited By: Dr Kristian Lasslett
Deposited On:05 Jun 2012 15:27
Last Modified:15 Nov 2012 11:48

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