Cultural reductionism and the media: polarising discourses around schools, violence and masculinity in an age of terror

Mills, Martin and Keddie, Amanda 2010, Cultural reductionism and the media: polarising discourses around schools, violence and masculinity in an age of terror, Oxford review of education, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 427-444, doi: 10.1080/03054985.2010.494449.

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Title Cultural reductionism and the media: polarising discourses around schools, violence and masculinity in an age of terror
Author(s) Mills, Martin
Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Journal name Oxford review of education
Volume number 36
Issue number 4
Start page 427
End page 444
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0305-4985
1465-3915
Keyword(s) Youth schooling and violence
Muslim men
Gang violence in schools
Masculinity politics and education
Summary This paper provides a media analysis of three interrelated sets of newspaper articles dealing with youth, schooling and violence. Understanding the media as a dominant and powerful cultural text that creates the realities it describes, the paper takes a critical view of the ‘standpoint’ of recent media representations of the Cronulla (Sydney, Australia) riots, gang violence in schools, and issues of education amid broader concerns with security in an ‘age of terror’. The paper draws attention to the polarising media discourses that demonise young Muslim men as the ‘other’—violent and dangerous—and advocate for ‘ethnic’ integration of this ‘other’ over ‘progressive education’ or ‘multiculturalism’. Such reductionist sociology is presented as highly problematic in its homogenising and inferiorising of minority cultures and in its silencing of particular issues imperative in understanding and addressing contemporary expressions of violence. The paper calls for a more nuanced interpretation of issues of culture and violence that, in particular, acknowledges how masculinity politics are implicated in current manifestations of violence.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/03054985.2010.494449
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
130307 Ethnic Education (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Maori and Pacific Peoples)
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
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