Delinquent girls as activists : Insider activism and carceral welfare

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Wilson, Jacqueline Z. and Carlton, Bree. (2022). Delinquent girls as activists : Insider activism and carceral welfare. Space and Culture. 25(2), pp. 245-254.
AuthorsWilson, Jacqueline Z. and Carlton, Bree

The article examines the motivation and role of the insider activism that resulted in the preservation of a major historical site of female incarceration, the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct, in suburban Sydney. For much of the 20th century the site was a “Girls’ Home,” in which children who had committed no offense were incarcerated under child welfare regulations and literally treated like criminals. Life in the institution was characterized by routine extreme maltreatment of children, many of whom have carried the psychological legacy of their time there throughout their lives. A group of survivors, moved to preserve and reclaim the space, spent many years contending with obdurate and indifferent bureaucracies before successfully having the site Heritage-listed, and it is now a member of the international Sites of Conscience. The Precinct’s significance as a site of feminist carceral history is discussed, and its place in today’s cultural landscape examined.

Keywordsactivism; female incarceration; child incarceration; child welfare; care-leavers; Parramatta Female Factory Precinct; Sites of Conscience
JournalSpace and Culture
Journal citation25 (2), pp. 245-254
PublisherSAGE Publications
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85125889470
Page range245-254
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online05 Mar 2022
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Deposited12 Jul 2023
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