The 'Young Muslim Man' in Australian Public Discourse

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Show simple item record Grewal, Kiran en_US 2009-08-20T14:36:47Z 2009-08-20T14:36:47Z 2007 en_US
dc.identifier 2007001670 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Grewal, K. 2007 'The 'Young Muslim Man' in Australian Public Discourse', Transforming Cultures eJournal, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-19. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1833-8542 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract Through an analysis of two highly mediatised recent events in Australia this article seeks to interrogate the intersections of gender, ethnicity and culture in the construction of Australian national identity. A series of gang rapes in the early 2000s attracted widespread public outrage and the harshest ever condemnation of acts of sexual violence in Australian history. Linked to these events, in December 2005 a series of riots at the Sydney beachside suburb of Cronulla led to further questioning of ethnic relations and the state of Australian multiculturalism within media and political discourses. While many of the responses to the gang rapes and the Cronulla riots have drawn on the language of `women?s rights?, a closer look at the discourses suggests a different story. Responses to the gang rapes have often characterised the attacks as being against the Australian community, rather than against individual women. It is also interesting to contrast the outrage surrounding the gang rapes with the general silence regarding the increased racist violence committed against Muslim women in recent times. Furthermore, the linking of the gang rapes with a particular religious/ethnic community can be contrasted with the discourses on the alleged gang rapes involving Australian sporting teams, such as the Bulldogs and more recently the Wests Tigers. Finally the manner in which the events of Cronulla have been recast and linked back to the `threat? posed by young Muslim/Lebanese/Middle Eastern men to Australian women suggests that ethnicity and gender both play an important and mutually reinforcing role in the construction of Australian national identity. en_US
dc.publisher University of Technology, Sydney en_US
dc.title The 'Young Muslim Man' in Australian Public Discourse en_US
dc.parent Transforming Cultures eJournal en_US
dc.journal.volume 2 en_US
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Sydney, Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 19 en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 200200 en_US
dc.personcode 024988 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US Cultural Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords Islam, Australia, Cronulla riots, gang-rape en_US
dc.staffid 024988 en_US

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