Book Review: Illicit Sex within the Justice System: Using Weak Power to Legislate, Regulate and Enforce Morality

We are happy to share news that Carmen M. Cusack’s book Illicit Sex within the Justice System: Using Weak Power to Legislate, Regulate and Enforce Morality has been reviewed in the 2018 issue of the Journal of Law and Social Deviance by Jessica T. Bracho. The full review is available open access here, and an indicative excerpt from the conclusion is below:

“Cusack’s book is not for the faint of heart or the close-minded. It is a book begging for change; change that is necessary to appreciate each other’s individuality without fear, for government to regain society’s trust, and for our moral compass to be reset. Cusack, so wisely, proposes interaction between the justice system’s members with authoritative power (e.g., officials and agents) and the civilian world to understand each other, identify, and come to terms with the new norm.”


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New Book Review: Mr Justice McCardie (1869–1933): Rebel, Reformer and Rogue Judge

Antony Lentin’s book Mr Justice McCardie (1869–1933): Rebel, Reformer and Rogue Judge has been reviewed in the May issue one of the leading journals of ecclesiastical law and history, the Ecclesiastical Law Journal by Dr Henry Kha of the Macquarie University.  The review is available here (requires subscription), and an indicative excerpt is below:

“Antony Lentin provides a vivid narrative on a rather eccentric and avant-garde judge, whose name and reputation has largely faded away from memory. The book is divided into seven substantive chapters that chronicle the life and times of McCardie. Lentin has researched widely and draws upon newspaper articles, case law, statute, private letters, journal articles and books. The biography is full of black and white photos and fascinating anecdotes that flow naturally in chronological order. It is written descriptively with constant sonorous diction, rather than being filled with trenchant legal analysis. […] Lentin’s biography is a welcome addition to the paucity of scholarship on McCardie. The book provides a good overview of his judicial career and it is suitable for those with a general interest in legal history.”


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“And There’ll Be NO Dancing”: Perspectives on Policies Impacting Indigenous Australia Since 2007

“Sexual abuse of children is inexcusable. So why is there such a fuss about a state intervention? Should we shut up and do nothing just because there is racism? No child or woman must be molested, irrespective of who the perpetrator is!” Thus my recollection of what one of my Scottish colleagues said in an informal conversation about the 2007 Northern Territory Intervention, a set of legal and political measures intended to curtail domestic violence in Indigenous Australian communities. “Yes”, I replied, “race should not be an issue when talking about crime”. Not least because domestic violence happens everywhere, including Scotland. I would not have heard anyone talking about a specifically Scottish, White or European propensity for domestic violence. Yet there is abundant talk about Black violence. Generalisation is the hallmark of racialisation. Blackness is scripted as inherently violent—a tenacious trope deriving from colonial concepts of ferocious animalism (e.g. Eze 2000; Nederveen-Pieterse 1990). Blackness is juxtaposed with Whiteness, the latter being normalised as non-violent and civilised, thus becoming the final arbiter of Indigenous destinies. Perceptions of racialised violence justify intervening not merely in matters of domestic violence but also in Indigenous life and sovereignty—hence to take far-reaching measures for the sake of securing a seemingly non-violent whitened social order; or put succinctly, to save Indigenous children in order to erode Indigenous sovereignty. “You should read And There’ll Be NO Dancing,” I told my colleague. It discusses such readings of Indigenous sovereignty and the various forms of racialisation ensuing from the Intervention.

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Featured Review – Mr Justice McCardie (1869-1933): Rebel, Reformer, and Rogue Judge

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review. Continue reading