Paint on their lips : paint-sniffers, good citizens and public space in Brisbane

Ogwang, Tom, Cox, Leonie, & Saldanha, Jude (2006) Paint on their lips : paint-sniffers, good citizens and public space in Brisbane. Journal of Sociology, 42(4), pp. 412-428.

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This article describes structured responses to young Indigenous people whose paint-sniffing in Brisbane attracts public attention. It gives an emic account of the sniffers’ responses to these processes and argues that paint-sniffing expresses their alienated and marginalized social status and is part of an encoded revolt against White cultural authority and its imposed norms. Foucault’s view of freedom as the capacity to act and question the taken-forgrantedness of one’s milieu (Dreyfus, 2004), and his notion of the body as the locus of power and control, are used to examine unequal power relations described here. Cohen’s (2002) moral panic and Young’s (1971a, 1971b) deviance amplification frameworks are used to examine the reactions of the police and of ordinary good citizens. We conclude that while dominant responses to paint-sniffing in Queensland rid inner Brisbane of paint-sniffing, they increase the young people’s alienation and marginalization from society, thus reproducing the social conditions that lead to sniffing.

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ID Code: 22265
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Deviance Amplification, Indigenous Youth, Power, Resistance, Paint-sniffing
DOI: 10.1177/1440783306069998
ISSN: 1440-7833
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Sage
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 13:09
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 10:01

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