Thursday, September 28, 2023

Pg. 99: George Pavlich's "Thresholds of Accusation"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Thresholds of Accusation: Law and Colonial Order in Canada by George Pavlich.

About the book, from the publisher:
This critical socio-legal history probes pretrial accusations through which colonial criminal law forged social orders for settler-colonialism across western Canada, focusing on Alberta, 1874–1884. Following military intelligence, a Northwest Mounted Police force was established to compel Dominion law. That force began by deploying accusatory theatres to receive information about crimes, arrest suspects, and decide via preliminary examination who to send to trial. George Pavlich draws on exemplary performances of colonial accusation to show how police officers and justices of the peace translated local social lore into criminal law. These performances reflected intersecting powers of sovereignty, disciplinarily, and biopolitics; they held accused individuals legally culpable for crimes and obscured social upheavals that settlers brought. Reflecting on colonial legacies within today's vast and unequal criminalizing institutions, this book proposes that we seek new forms of accusation and legality, learning from Indigenous laws that tackle individual and collective responsibilities for societal disquiet.
Learn more about Thresholds of Accusation at the Cambridge University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Thresholds of Accusation.

--Marshal Zeringue