Author Archives: James Arvanitakis

A scholarly life: reflecting on my week

Over the last week I have been fortunate enough to be involved in three inspiring events that have me reflecting on the life I get to lead as an educator and scholar – or a ‘scholarly life’ as I have … Continue reading

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Brexit: Musings from a progressive non-expert…

The decision of the majority of the population to leave the European Union – or the so-called ‘Brexit’ – has sent shockwaves around the world.   It seems that very few people expected this to actually happen: even the leaders … Continue reading

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Western Sydney: existing for 365 days a year… not just during elections

  In a fantastic piece written for Fairfax, columnists Peter Hartcher presents a compelling argument for the decline of Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity. He argues that there are two types of leaders: Standard transactional leaders: that it, you vote for me and … Continue reading

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Vanishing Point: The latest work by Luke Cornish (ELK)

The following essay is part of the Catalogue for the amazing Luke Cornish’s (ELK) latest work: Vanishing Point. Luke is an amazing artist whose work has moved from the street into the gallery and back again. I have been honoured to … Continue reading

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Invasion: and why ‘Get over it’ is the dumbest response to Australian colonialism

When I was at school and we did history lessons, we learnt that Australia was an ’empty land’ and that it ‘belonged to no-one – a terra nulls. Yes, there were Aboriginal people here but they were considered nomadic, uncivilised and … Continue reading

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Sociologic Melbourne Book Launch… 22 March 2016

Announcing the Melbourne book launch of Sociologic…. Why are there pirates in the supermarket? How do we understand our cultural obsession with cars? Should you trust a doctor that you know well? Why did I take lamb to my first lecture? … Continue reading

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The complexity of progress…

One of my favourite contemporary philosophers is Ronald Wright, who wrote an amazing book called A Short History of Progress (2005). In this book, Wright challenges the concept of progress by showing that civilisations throughout history have believed that they … Continue reading

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Sociologic: Symbolic Violence and the ‘Noble Savage’

So here is a challenging one – which I must say, I find very confronting! Last month Coalition MP Dennis Jensen controversially told Parliament he does not think the Government should be funding people to live a ‘noble savage’ lifestyle in … Continue reading

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Sociologic: Technological divides in connected cities

Have you done any online shopping, banking, or random googling today? Or have you used Facebook Messenger or email to stay in touch with family, friends or work colleagues? I sure have!   Digital technology, indeed, plays a central role in … Continue reading

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Sociologic: Let’s Think Sociologically About the Current Asylum Seeker Debates

Two Mondays ago the High Court controversially rejected a challenge to the Australian Government’s operation of the immigration detention centre on Nauru as unlawful and unconstitutional. The move could see 267 asylum seekers (including 37 babies and 54 children), all … Continue reading

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