Dying from Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody

Dying from Improvement Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody No matter where in Canada they occur inquiries and inquests into untimely Indigenous deaths in state custody often tell the same story Repeating details of fatty livers mental illness alcoholic bel

  • Title: Dying from Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody
  • Author: Sherene H. Razack
  • ISBN: 9781442628915
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Paperback
  • No matter where in Canada they occur, inquiries and inquests into untimely Indigenous deaths in state custody often tell the same story Repeating details of fatty livers, mental illness, alcoholic belligerence, and a mysterious incapacity to cope with modern life, the legal proceedings declare that there are no villains here, only inevitable casualties of Indigenous life.No matter where in Canada they occur, inquiries and inquests into untimely Indigenous deaths in state custody often tell the same story Repeating details of fatty livers, mental illness, alcoholic belligerence, and a mysterious incapacity to cope with modern life, the legal proceedings declare that there are no villains here, only inevitable casualties of Indigenous life.But what about a sixty seven year old man who dies in a hospital in police custody with a large, visible, purple boot print on his chest Or a barely conscious, alcoholic older man, dropped off by police in a dark alley on a cold Vancouver night Or Saskatoon s infamous and lethal starlight tours, whose victims were left on the outskirts of town in sub zero temperatures How do we account for the repeated failure to care evident in so many cases of Indigenous deaths in custody In Dying from Improvement, Sherene H Razack argues that, amidst systematic state violence against Indigenous people, inquiries and inquests serve to obscure the violence of ongoing settler colonialism under the guise of benevolent concern They tell settler society that it is caring, compassionate, and engaged in improving the lives of Indigenous people even as the incarceration rate of Indigenous men and women increases and the number of those who die in custody rises.Razack s powerful critique of the Canadian settler state and its legal system speaks to many of today s most pressing issues of social justice the treatment of Indigenous people, the unparalleled authority of the police and the justice system, and their systematic inhumanity towards those whose lives they perceive as insignificant.

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    1. As I see it, a review is a service to other potential readers whether they should invest the money/time to themselves read a particular book. For non-fiction, is not the place to debate the specific ideas in a book - that's for a college class or a book club or a discussion group.This book is about the difficulties that indigenous people and their communities are experiencing living in present-day Canada. These problems are rooted in history, and persist to today. Historically and currently th [...]

    2. rabble/books/reviews/2016/0Review by Jesse McLarenAs we shift from a Harper government that denied Canada's history of colonialism to a Trudeau government that has launched an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, Sherene Razack's new book is a must-read to navigate the changing tactics of the Canadian state and support ongoing resistance.Dying from Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody examines investigations in B.C. and Saskatchewan that the state [...]

    3. A very eerie and well-researched sociological analysis of the inquests and inquiries into indigenous deaths in Canada. The author openly holds white settler societies accountable for the unnecessary amount of discrimination towards indigenous people, which has further led to an unnecessary and growing number of deaths and missing persons in the indigenous community.

    4. This is a great book that everyone should be reading. I have not read it in full due to the demands of my courseload but am keeping it so I can read it in full at a later, less stressful time.

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