A legal trauma, a public trauma

Lindy Chamberlain and the Chamberlain case

Deborah Staines

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The Chamberlain murder trial or ‘dingo case’ polarised the Australian community – the miscarriage of justice, the relentless media scrutiny and the mediaeval-style public condemnation of Lindy Chamberlain all exposed the prejudices of mainstream Australia. At the same time, Lindy Chamberlain experienced a groundswell of public support: the case was publicised around the world and generated local protest groups. This paper is concerned with re-thinking the historical effects of that case, and is theoretically informed by contemporary debates on the violence of the law, formations of public culture, and cultural trauma.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-172
Number of pages20
JournalStudies in law, politics and society
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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