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    Portrayals of Middle Eastern background communities as criminal in Australian popular media

    McElhone, Megan (2019) Portrayals of Middle Eastern background communities as criminal in Australian popular media. In: Akrivos, D. and Antoniou, A.K. (eds.) Crime, Deviance and Popular Culture: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture. Palgrave Macmillian, pp. 289-314. ISBN 9783030049119.

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    Despite often being overlooked, the popular media plays an important role in staging, describing and interpreting race, ethnicity, culture, gender, class and criminality for the public. This chapter presents a qualitative content analysis of three Australian popular media texts that frame Middle Eastern background communities in Australia as being crime-prone. The texts analysed are The Combination (2009), Underbelly: The Golden Mile (2010) and Down Under (2016). This chapter argues that these texts represent Middle Eastern background communities as having proclivities for gang membership and firearms-related violence and disregard for police and the rule of law. As such, this chapter complements and extends the body of literature that has considered the racialised framing of Middle Eastern background communities as crime-prone in Australian news reporting since the 1990s.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Arab Other, Middle Eastern background communities, Popular media, Sydney, Australia
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Megan Mcelhone
    Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2020 16:24
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:57


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