Tag Archives: Racism

Racists like us: Reflecting on my own writing…

Lecturing about race and racism is one of the most challenging lectures I do. This is because I do not simply talk about these issues in theory, but discuss how they play out in our everyday lives: including how I … Continue reading

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Uni Graduations and… well, Pauline Hanson…

Last week Western Sydney University had its September graduations. It is always an important event for those graduating, their families and also the university – something that it true for all universities. It is an event that the University takes seriously … Continue reading

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Sociologic #4: The 2016 fed election & Pauline Hanson

It is hard to imagine that a few months have already passed since the federal election. One of the reasons that it feels so recent is that it was only just decided. In fact, the  Senate puzzle was only sorted over the … 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: 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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Paris: How do we react to this madness?

The events in Paris have left us all feeling bewildered. I, along with the rest of the world, watched in horror as everything unfolded.   Though I love Paris – it is a place close to my heart as I … Continue reading

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On social construction and expectations…

One of the topic areas I teach that creates the most comment and controversy is the area of ‘social construction.’ The idea here is that things we expect to be ‘natural’ or ‘innate’ are actually learnt behaviours.   There are … Continue reading

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Race and South Africa… the more things change…

Since receiving my teaching award, I have been lucky enough to be invited to attend conferences and universities all over the world… it is an amazing experience and I have never felt so lucky.   My most recent travel was … Continue reading

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The Gillard Government… the good and the bad

Over the last few years, I have written, debated and analysed many different aspects of Australian politics. It has been a torrid time.   Many conservative commentators have described the Gillard Government as ‘the worst in history’. This is a … Continue reading

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A solution to refugees: no more absurd than what Canberra is offering

One of the low points in Australian political and social history over the last decades has been about refugees. The way that both major parties have used some of the world’s most vulnerable people to score cheap political points has … Continue reading

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