eCite Digital Repository

Taking it to the streets: The larrikins and the Lebanese


White, RD, Taking it to the streets: The larrikins and the Lebanese, Outrageous!, ACYS Publishing, Scott Poynting and George Morgan (ed), Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 40-52. ISBN 9781875236596 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

Restricted - Request a copy

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2007 ACYS

Official URL:!_moral_...


The aim of this chapter is to examine how the street is socially constructed as a site for action and adventure by different groups of young people. The first part examines the push larrikins of Sydney and Melbourne in the 1800s - groups of young people who were noted for their street presence and who were at the centre of moral panics for several decades. The paper then gives consideration to contemporary examples of street-present youth through reference to the so-called Middle Eastern gangs of Sydney. Interesting differences and similarities are explored between the two time periods and the two groups. Consideration is given to street activities, group appearance, policing practices and the specific nature of the moral panic. The intersection of class, gender, ethnicity and age is variously explored as part of the interpretation of these phenomena.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:young people, youth, street presence, Middle Eastern gangs, Lebanese, moral panic
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Public law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:White, RD (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:44274
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-11-07
Downloads:6 View Download Statistics

Repository Staff Only: item control page