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You can't have the struggle without the ugly fringe - Publicness in Australian National Imagination: Media representations of the Muslim demonstrations in Sydney in 2012

Patil-Vishwanath, Tejaswini (2015). You can't have the struggle without the ugly fringe - Publicness in Australian National Imagination: Media representations of the Muslim demonstrations in Sydney in 2012. Continuum - Journal of Media and Cultural Studies,29(1):57-69.

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Title You can't have the struggle without the ugly fringe - Publicness in Australian National Imagination: Media representations of the Muslim demonstrations in Sydney in 2012
Author Patil-Vishwanath, Tejaswini
Journal Name Continuum - Journal of Media and Cultural Studies
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 29
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1030-4312   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84922598379
Start Page 57
End Page 69
Total Pages 13
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
Field of Research STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Demonstrations in Sydney in September 2012 against the YouTube film Innocence of Muslims turned violent and caused huge community outcry. Many politicians and the mainstream media argued that the actions of the protesters were abhorrent and un-Australian. Some argued it was less about Muslims raising concern about an anti-Islamic film and more about them asserting their claim to what Michael Warner calls the counterpublic – discourses that occur outside of the mainstream media. I analyse the underlining discourses in the letters to the editor and opinion pieces in the print and online media, by using Warner's theory of publicness. The article shows that the dominant public discourse concentrated on characterizing Muslims as ‘extremists and fundamentalists’. Counterpublic discourses, however, challenged these dominant constructions, and argued that the tactic of dismissing the rioters is a way of denying political agency and by extension the very presence of a counterpublic.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2014.964179   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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