'I Am Tomorrow': Violence Against Indian Students in Australia and Political Denial
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law
November 9, 2011
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 4-25, 2012
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 11/93
India has experienced significant economic growth since the 1990’s. Young middle-class Indian nationals have embraced international tertiary and vocational education as a part of this trend. Many of these students have come to Australia to study. In 2009, claims that Indian students in Australia were being targeted for racial violence received worldwide media attention. This article presents the results of a qualitative study of public documents surrounding the ‘violence against Indian students’ issue over a 12 month period. It contends that there is sufficient evidence to conclude that a proportion of the victimization had a racial or anti-Indian element to it. Drawing upon theoretical literature on racism, it reveals a discourse of denial that runs through the responses of Australia’s political leaders to this claim. In the current global environment, however, exposure of Australia’s denial by the Indian media may operate as a form of counter-discourse from an emerging superpower, whose citizens refuse to tolerate the failure of western nations to take responsibility for the injustice of racial violence.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 78
Keywords: racism, racist crime, India, politics
JEL Classification: K10, K14, K30Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 10, 2011 ; Last revised: September 14, 2013
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