Contesting Cabramatta

ACYS Publishing
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Outrageous, 2007, 1, pp. 111 - 124
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This chapter has provided a snapshot of the symbolic struggle to define Cabramatta and its communities at a time of moral panic around crime and Australia's relationship to Asia. There is considerable evidence of shifting representations in the light of both community media interventions and professional journalists' interests in telling different stories. Several factors can be seen to influence this shift: a reduction in criminal activity in the area following intensive policing, the passage of time and the news cycle, the wider shift from "Asia" to "Islam" as Australia's "other" and the impact of ongoing community responses to racialised news reporting.
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