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Andrew Dawson

experience amongst immigrants (like me) in Australia is how national stereotypes, both negative and positive, are confounded through living here. 1 The national auto-stereotype of the larrikin is a case in point. The Oxford Modern Australian Dictionary – a

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From Toilet Paper Wars to #ViralKindness?

COVID-19, Solidarity and the Basic Income Debate in Australia

Anne Décobert

enumerate. The other typical argument against a basic income is that it encourages laziness and dependence. In Australia, this argument has come to be connected with the ‘dole bludger’ stereotype. The term ‘dole bludger’ was invented in the early 1970s

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Scientific Intimacy

The Changing Relationship with Medical Data at the Time of COVID-19 pandemic

Elżbieta Drążkiewicz

include migrant populations), the advert resonated with national self-stereotypes describing the Irish as rebellious and resilient yet kind, decent and caring about one another. It played out family values through evoking Sunday dinners. Through bringing

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Michael Herzfeld

starts making statements that suggest that discretion is no longer necessary and that it is now acceptable – even if with a certain sly indirection – to invoke racist and sexist stereotypes in political speech? If the first case is represented by harsh

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Fearful Intimacies

COVID-19 and the Reshaping of Human–Microbial Relations

Carmen McLeod, Eleanor Hadley Kershaw, and Brigitte Nerlich

invasion ( Otis 1999 ). Drawing on the work of Martina King, James Stark and Catherine Stones (2019: 289) argue that ‘the longstanding stereotype of the evil, menacing, invading, anthropomorphic germ’ was in place by 1900. 2 In the following decades

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The triple-sidedness of “I can't breathe”

The COVID-19 pandemic, enslavement, and agro-industrial capitalism

Don Nonini

safe but extraordinarily profitable rent collection and property speculation in realizing value. This trend by the 1990s was shaped by and reinforced the War on Drugs and stereotypes about Black male criminality during the Clinton years ( Alexander 2020

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Experiencing Graduated Intimacies during Lockdown (Fengcheng)

A Reflexive and Comparative Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Urban China

Junjie Chen

, including the Bird Flu (2003–2005) and the Swine Flu (2009–2010), further consolidated popular discourses that characterised unexpected epidemics as newly emerged forms of wenbing . In turn, this widely received stereotype is deeply entangled with Chinese