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Anti-cosmopolitanism and 'ethnic cleansing' at Cronulla


Asquith, N and Poynting, S, Anti-cosmopolitanism and 'ethnic cleansing' at Cronulla, Ocean to Outback: Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary Australia, UWA Publishing, K Jacobs and J Malpas (ed), Perth, pp. 96-122. ISBN 9781921401565 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Cronulla on that summer Sunday afternoon wore t-shirts with the slogan 'ethnic cleansing unit'. If we do not dismiss this as mere hyperbole of bravado and misplaced humour, what might we learn by actually considering this declaration at its face value? By this we do not suggest that the rioters were engaged in genocide, any more than categorising the riot as a 'pogrom' means that people were killed (though it was largely good fortune, as well as valuable intervention by police and paramedics, that none were). The point is that, as with much hate crime, the motivation was to 'purge' a given area of certain categories of people, by driving numbers of them away and forcing the rest to make themselves as invisible as possible. This objective was in fact clearly and repeatedly stated in the racist hate utterances, or malediction, of the 'white' Cronulla rioters, and the purpose of this chapter it to analyse that theme as paradigmatically anti-cosmopolitan.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Cronulla riot, anti-cosmopolitan
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Linguistics
Research Field:Sociolinguistics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Asquith, N (Professor Nicole Asquith)
ID Code:71886
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2011-08-12
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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