Publication Details

Dreher, T. 2000, 'Home Invasion: television, identity and belonging in Sydney's western suburbs', Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, no. 94, pp. 131-145.


Television occupies a central place in most Australian homes, and 'TV talk' is an important process in negotiations of individual and group identities (Gillespie. 1995). TV is the focus of many private, family interactions. As a 'window on the world', television is also a primary source of information about public life. Thus TV is deeply implicated both in interactions within the home, and in our understandings of the wider 'home' of the nation. This paper draws on discussions with diverse community groups in and around Cabramatta to explore the crucial role of TV in negotiations of 'home' and 'belonging' in Australia's most culturally diverse local government area.