Sarah Ayoub


Reportage Vs Representation, Reel Vs Reality, Us Vs Them: The medium, the message and the Arab-Australian folk devil in a moral panic's culture of fear.



This project raises questions about the consequences of recent moral panics about the criminality of Middle-Eastern youth gangs in Sydney’s western suburbs. It examines news media demonization and marginalisation of Sydney’s Arabic-speaking communities, as well as entertainment media (Australian TV programs, films, comedies and plays) that appear to glamourise and, thus, valorise gang violence. The representation of young Arab Australians varies widely across different types of media content. This research captures, catalogues and critically analyses the multiple ‘us and them’ narratives about Arab Australians currently circulating in the Australian media.