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Facing racism

Discomfort, innocence and the liberal peripheralisation of race in the Netherlands

Sinan Çankaya and Paul Mepschen

In this paper, we argue in favour of an anthropological focus on the ‘doing’ of whiteness, which is necessary to understand how various, contrasting but interconnected articulations of whiteness come into being. We focus on two ethnographic vignettes that reveal the different structural positions, within a culturalised and racialised order, of the anthropologists developing them. The vignettes focus on liberal and progressive ‘middle‐class’ articulations of whiteness that often remain unrecognised and – especially – bathed in innocence, but that go to the heart of the contemporary European question. We take issue with the liberal peripheralisation of racism, a discursive practice that locates racism in the ‘white working class’ and symbolically exorcises it from the ‘moderate’, centrist core of Europe. Rather than truly facing racism, what seems at stake for many liberals and progressives is the self‐image of being well‐meaning ‘respectable’ and ‘good’ middle‐class people.

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Creeping racism

A cultural conception of politics

Chiara De Cesari

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Decolonising Arts and Culture in Belgium

Some clues from the Black Out media

Axel Mudahemuka Gossiaux

New Debates in Europe: Racism as ‘A Threat Far beyond its Immediate Targets’ In a context where Western hegemony seems to be questioned in all its forms and fields of application, ‘[Europe] becomes an object of conversation and not the centre

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Matthias Pauwels

Welcome to the Minefield that is Race Humour In today's supposedly enlightened era, with great strides being made in the fight against racism driven by global anti-racist campaigns such as Black Lives Matter, it might be curious, not to say

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The politics of affect

Perspectives on the rise of the far-right and right-wing populism in the West

Sindre Bangstad, Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, and Heiko Henkel

Europe in the 1920s and 1930s was in fact underpinned by several tactical alliances between corporate elites and an accommodation with conservatives ( Paxton 2006 ). The debate about how to understand the relationship between “race” and class, racism

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Enforcing Apartheid?

The Politics of “Intolerability” in the Danish Migration and Integration Regimes

Julia Suárez-Krabbe and Annika Lindberg

Introduction: Migration Control and Structural Racism As elaborated on in the inaugural issue of Migration and Society, we are currently witnessing a proliferation of hostile environments, designed to deter, exclude, and expel “unwanted

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Joel Modiri

, and social sciences. Parts 3 and 4 sketch out in broad strokes some of the essential theoretical tenets and assumptions of Azanian social and political thought, with particular focus on the framing and conceptualisation of ‘South Africa’, race/racism

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Simon Knell

conclusion had been to observe the dangers of “unwitting racism” in otherwise “good people and institutions.” More than a decade earlier, in 1981, the Scarman Report into London's Brixton riots had detected the same phenomenon but had failed to recognize its

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Toxic Waste and Race in Twenty-First Century America

Neighborhood Poverty and Racial Composition in the Siting of Hazardous Waste Facilities

Michael Mascarenhas, Ryken Grattet, and Kathleen Mege

-facility-siting with historical patterns of segregation in the South. Bullard's study also explored the social and psychological impacts of environmental racism on local populations and analyzed the response from local communities against environmental threats

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Interruptions: Challenges and Innovations in Exhibition-Making

The Second World Museologies Workshop, National Museum of Ethnology (MINPAKU), Osaka, December 2019

Laura Osorio Sunnucks, Nicola Levell, Anthony Shelton, Motoi Suzuki, Gwyneira Isaac, and Diana E. Marsh

“interruptions” as a point of departure to consider how paradigm shifts and local museologies can galvanize the museum sector, especially when it is confronted by the rise of right-wing populism, systemic racism, and neoliberal culture wars, intercultural