Title

Narratives of Inuit inmates: Crime, identity and cultural alienation (Nunavut).

Date of Award

2000

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Kral, M.

Keywords

Sociology, Criminology and Penology.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The rates and nature of Inuit criminal activity are of great concern in the Nunavut Territory. Substance abuse and the victimization of women are particularly salient issues in Northern communities. Such problems are suggested to be a result of colonization processes, which have alienated Inuit individuals from their traditional knowledge and imposed upon them an unfamiliar system of justice. Presently, self-government strategies have been created to empower the Inuit's control of their own social structures. This is integral within the realm of criminal justice, as in the development of efficacious corrections it is imperative to understand the lived experiences of the Inuit. The present study has utilized grounded methodology to formulate theory derived from the Inuit inmates' perspectives of the justice system and treatment objectives. Participants from the all-male inmate population at the Baffin Correctional Centre were interviewed to determine their beliefs regarding identity, crime, rehabilitation, the roles of women, and their future. Recommendations for prevention and rehabilitation programming are provided toward an understanding of how to best facilitate the unique needs of the Inuit culture.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2000 .B87. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0411. Adviser: Michael Kral. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2000.