Riot, resistance and moral panic: demonising the colonial other

Cunneen, Chris (2007) Riot, resistance and moral panic: demonising the colonial other. In: Poynting, Scott, and Morgan, George, (eds.) Outrageous! Moral Panics in Australia. ACYS Publishing, Hobart, TAS, Australia, pp. 20-29.

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Abstract

How we speak, the language and the categories we use, construct problems in particular ways, and imply certain solutions. The object of discussion becomes defined and the possible policy responses are circumscribed to address the 'problem'. The language we use also reflects power: who has the power to define the problem in a particular way, who is silenced by a particular representation. Defining crime, criminals and crime problems are susceptible to these issues of construction and representation, and the consequences can be particularly problematic in matters where crime is aligned with notions of 'race'. This chapter considers the moral panics that have occurred as a result of Indigenous demonstrations and riots, and the governmental and media interpretations of and responses to those disturbances, particularly the extent to which various narratives of lawlessness and disadvantage are employed. I am also interested in contrasting notions of moral panic with the concept of moral economy and the role of moral indignation.

Item ID: 15459
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-875236-59-6
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2011 04:08
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy @ 20%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations @ 50%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society @ 30%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940401 Civil Justice @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice @ 30%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940405 Law Reform @ 20%
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