Vilification, vigilantism and violence: troubling social media in Australia

Cunneen, Chris, and Russell, Sophie (2020) Vilification, vigilantism and violence: troubling social media in Australia. In: Weinert, Kim, Crawley, Karen, and Tranter, Kieran, (eds.) Law, Lawyers and Justice: through Australian lenses. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 82-105.

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The focus of this chapter is on the growth of 'anti-crime' Facebook groups in Australia. Specifically, we focus on the ways in which community justice and vigilantism are exercised through social media in the wider context of the racialized criminalization of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and, increasingly, other minority groups. We build on earlier work, drawing on a number of anti-crime Facebook pages to examine the ways social media is used to produce and reproduce a racialized narrative of crime. Our analysis finds that these Facebook groups have the effect of legitimating racial vilification, vigilantism and violence against racialized 'others' and that the current regulation of online racism and racial vilification appears to be profoundly inadequate for addressing these concerns. While there are examples of direct links between Facebook groups and incidence of violence, at a broader level, it is the constant reinforcement of an environment of racist violence that is most troubling.

Item ID: 67471
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-367-21045-8
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Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2021 02:49
FoR Codes: 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4804 Law in context > 480413 Race, ethnicity and law @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440213 Race/ethnicity and crime @ 50%
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