Title

Contesting Cabramatta: moral panic and media interventions in "Australia's heroin capital"

RIS ID

35351

Publication Details

Dreher, T. 2007, 'Contesting Cabramatta: moral panic and media interventions in "Australia's heroin capital"', in G. Morgan & S. Poynting (eds), Outrageous! Moral Panics in Australia, Australian Clearing House for Youth Studies, Hobart. pp. 111

Abstract

When I look back now and see our words and the photos, I'm glad we decided not to be invisible. If there is a wall of silence then it's not the Asian community that built it. I'm proud of my friends for speaking up. I hope our work will help the community to see that we're human too.

These comments featured in one of many cultural projects developed to respond to a moral panic linking the heroin trade and violent crime in and around the Western Sydney suburb of Cabramatta to debates on policing, immigration and "Asian gangs" in the period 1994-2001.

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