Youth, Racism, and Place in the Tony Martin Affair
Article first published online: 28 APR 2003
Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 363–384, March 2003
How to Cite
Vanderbeck, R. M. (2003), Youth, Racism, and Place in the Tony Martin Affair. Antipode, 35: 363–384. doi: 10.1111/1467-8330.00327
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2003
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2003
This paper provides an analysis of media discourse surrounding the arrest, trial, and conviction of Norfolk farmer Tony Martin for the murder of 16-year old Fred Barras, a Traveller from Newark, Nottinghamshire. The paper argues that discourses about Travellers (re)constructed in the media during the Martin affair showed evidence of both older, stereotypical representations of Travellers and newer ways of locating them in relation to contemporary societal anxieties about “dangerous youth”, the “underclass”, and “social exclusion”. The coverage was often emblematic of political discourses in Britain, which too often emphasise the moral failings of the “excluded” without any significant discussion of the sources of inequalities.