Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalising the Arab Other

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Institute of Criminology, 2004 - Arabes - Australie - Opinion publique - 333 pages
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This book examines public worrying over "ethnic crime." How did the airborne terror attacks on the USA on September 11, 2001, exacerbate existing tendencies to stereotype Arabs and Muslims as backward, inassimilable, without respect for Western laws and values, and complicit with barbarism and terrorism? Bin Laden in the Suburbs argues that we are witnessing the emergence of the "Arab Other" as the pre-eminent "folk devil" of our time. This Arab Other functions in the national imagination to prop up the project of national belonging. It has little to do with the lived experiences of Arab, Middle Eastern, or Muslim Australians, and everything to do with a host of social anxieties which overlap in a series of moral panics. Bin Laden in the Suburbs analyses a decisive moment in the history of multiculturalism in Australia.

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Scott Poynting is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of Western Sydney, where he teaches Cultural and Social Analysis. His recently co-authored books include Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalising the Arab Other (2004), and Kebabs, Kids, Cops and Crime: Youth, Ethnicity and Crime (2000).

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