Author: Sherene Razack, 2001
Razack, S.H. (2001). Gendered Racial Violence and Spatialized Justice: The Murder of Pamela George. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 15(2), 91-130.
The murder of a Saulteaux (Ojibway) nation woman in Regina, Canada and the subsequent conviction of two white men for manslaughter is discussed in this article in the context of what the author calls “spatialized justice”. The author argues that identity as it relates to space acted as a factor in the trial in so far as the victim was characterized as belonging to a “zone of violence” and the accused as foreign to this space and so less culpable. The author uses a method of “unmapping” to argue that by denaturalizing the spaces and individuals in the trial, one may expose the true nature of violence and hierarchies present in the case. The influence of colonization and one’s accountability for one’s position in history is also examined.
Razack’s analysis of sex work as violence differs from my analysis of sex work as work. However, the intersection of colonization and sex work in Canada cannot be understated, and Razack’s analysis of how racism fuels violence against Indigenous sex workers is important.
Read the full article here: http://web.uvic.ca/~ayh/104%20Razack%20WS104.PDF
More Indigenous perspectives on sex work and the sex industry: http://maggiestoronto.ca/news?news_id=80