Modern racism in the media: constructions of 'the possibility of change' in accounts of two Australian 'riots'

Simmons, Katie and Lecouteur, Amanda (2008) Modern racism in the media: constructions of 'the possibility of change' in accounts of two Australian 'riots'. Discourse and Society, 19 5: 667-687. doi:10.1177/0957926508092248


Author Simmons, Katie
Lecouteur, Amanda
Title Modern racism in the media: constructions of 'the possibility of change' in accounts of two Australian 'riots'
Journal name Discourse and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0957-9265
1460-3624
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0957926508092248
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 19
Issue 5
Start page 667
End page 687
Total pages 21
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 3315 Communication
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Formatted abstract
Recent discursive research suggests that contemporary racism is typically accomplished in terms of subtle, flexibly managed and locally contingent discussion of the 'problems' associated with minority groups. This study contributes to this work by focusing on the ways in which a particular formulation: 'the possibility of change' was repeatedly implicated in descriptions of two 'riots' that received widespread media attention in Australia: one involving Indigenous, and the other involving non-Indigenous, community members. Data were drawn from a corpus of newspaper articles, television and radio interviews, and parliamentary debates. Analysis demonstrated how, in respect to the event involving Indigenous Australians, 'change' was repeatedly represented as an outcome that was not achievable. By contrast, descriptions of problems within the non-Indigenous community regularly represented 'change' as an achievable outcome. We discuss how discourses around 'the possibility of change' can thus be seen as another identifiable practice in terms of which 'modern' forms of racism are regularly accomplished in media discourse.
Keyword Crowd events
Discourse
Discursive psychology
Media
Modern racism
Riot
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
 
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