Critiquing the Literature

  • Runyararo Sihle ChivauraEmail author


This chapter marks the first data collection chapter of this book. This chapter seeks to explore how race is presented and (re)presented in Australian society. How does the dominant population come to know of the visibly different other? To aid me with this I will be drawing from examples from data from the content analysis that forms the research element of this chapter. This will assist in providing current presentations of the African body and the symbolic meanings that surround that imagery. I seek to coin the phrase Semiotic Violence. Using this term, I will be exploring how blackness is presented as a defining identity (Brabazon et al., Tara brabazon podcast, 2016). I will be arguing how visible racial difference is a defining moment for Africans living in Australia. Blackness is loaded with many connotations before the individual gets a chance to present themselves. Lastly, I will be delving into how particular representations of Africans further reduce the space made available for this already subjugated group.


Data collection Australian news Representations Moral panics African crime Refugee Racism Data analysis National identity 


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  1. 1.Living Cultural Studies and Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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