Riot, Resistance and Moral Panic: Demonising the Colonial Other

OUTRAGEOUS! MORAL PANICS IN AUSTRALIA, Poynting, S. and Morgan, G., eds., pp. 20-29, ACYS Publishing, Hobart, 2007

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2008-29

Posted: 28 Jan 2009

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Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

This chapter explores how the economics of news production, and the news values of the media, align with the interests of politicians in representing riots in Indigenous communities as the product of irrationality, lawlessness, or passive victimhood. This chapter also documents the failure of politicans and journalists to acknowledge the role that Indigenous community anger at deaths in custody, and perceived injustices by the police, have played in these riots and demonstrations.

Keywords: Moral panic, news media, riots, Indigenous, colonialism

JEL Classification: L82

Suggested Citation

Cunneen, Chris, Riot, Resistance and Moral Panic: Demonising the Colonial Other (2007). OUTRAGEOUS! MORAL PANICS IN AUSTRALIA, Poynting, S. and Morgan, G., eds., pp. 20-29, ACYS Publishing, Hobart, 2007; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2008-29. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1333991

Chris Cunneen (Contact Author)

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney ( email )

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Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

PO Box 6811
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

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