Abuse by the powerful? Exploring the role of media narratives and political discourse in the immigration-crime nexus

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Abstract

This paper considers the role of media narratives and political discourse in the immigration-crime nexus by exploring, as a case study, the recent experience of the South Sudanese community in Australia. Over recent years this cohort of relatively new arrivals have been subjected to a raft of negative media coverage and political commentary. This paper deliberates on the narrative surrounding this African community group and their subsequent portrayal, and considers if it is both legitimate and accurate. At a time when many Australians see the benefits of immigration, this paper examines the role the media and politics plays in undermining this community sentiment, reflecting a level of abuse by the most powerful in society towards some of the least powerful.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-59
Number of pages11
JournalAbuse: An International Impact Journal
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

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