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Maneuvering Whiteness in France

Muslim Converts’ Ambivalent Encounters with Race

Juliette Galonnier

Since the seminal work of W. E. B. Du Bois, 1 Whiteness studies has blossomed. 2 It has established that Whiteness is characterized by structural advantage and normative invisibility: 3 “The most commonly mentioned attribute of ‘Whiteness

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A White Race Blindness?

Abstract Universalism and the Unspeakable Making of Race

Sarah Mazouz

), the state body designated to lead the fight against all forms of discrimination. 1 Bernard belongs to the highest rank of state employees. In his mid-40s at the time of the interview, he is also White and belongs to the middle class. Throughout our

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“White” Guadeloupeans of “Mixed” Ancestry

Complicating Analyses of Whiteness and White Supremacy

Ary Gordien

This article analyzes the identification and social trajectories of Guadeloupeans of mixed European, African and/or East Indian descent who are perceived as White but who do not identify as such. 1 These informants’ ambiguous positions reflect

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The True Story of Gundagai’s Dog on the Tuckerbox

Tourists, Truth, and the Insouciance of Souvenirs

Richard White

progress, but also in reflecting back on the past. The printed souvenir program would usually contain a history of the town or district, often the first serious attempt to write a history. The first “white” child of the district would be honored; the

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‘But Isn’t It the Baby that Decides When It Will Be Born?’

Temporality and Women’s Embodied Experiences of Giving Birth

Joanna White

iterative content analysis approach. 4 It should be noted that all but two of the women in the sub-sample presented were from a white, middle-class, professional background. Research with women from other backgrounds might elicit contrasting experiences

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Boys, Inclusive Masculinities and Injury

Some Research Perspectives

Adam White and Stefan Robinson

working patterns. Women were responsible for the domestic realm while men became the sole income providers ( White and Vagi 1990 ). This meant a bifurcation of gender spheres with newly distinct roles being mapped for each sex ( Cancian 1986 ). Women were

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Mapping the Topography of Oppression

Jenny White

During today’s crisis in Turkey, victimhood authorises oppression, oppressors see themselves as victims and the oppressed are not only the poor, but educated middle classes. Citizen and state are imbricated in the same political and discursive fields where people mobilise against one another, some moving up and others down, creating unexpected landscapes of victimisation and oppression that do not fit comfortably in literature that analyses ‘politics from below’. How do we conceptualise this in a way that respects people’s understanding of their coordinates in a complex landscape of power? This article interrogates some basic assumptions of this literature, including the impact of the observer’s position and the oppression/resistance framework, replacing it with a model of politics as a shared horizontal topography of action across a terrain of values.

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Social Movements and Social Policies

Political Challenges under Austerity in the UK

Gregory White

The economic crisis of 2007/2008 presented a challenge to the welfare state in the UK, and, more widely, across Europe. It also presented a challenge to many citizens, who were on the receiving end of the austerity agenda, and subsequent tightening of welfare spending. If nothing else, the financial crisis demonstrated the hegemony of economic theories prominent in neoliberal capitalism. As many academics and commentators have identified, however, the current period of instability is indicative of a systemic crisis. In addition to this analysis, the crisis also exposed the intricate and opaque links between western governments and the financial sector. During and after the crisis an eruption of activity in civil society galvanized many that had been directly affected by either the crisis itself—through loss of employment—or by the subsequent austerity measures imposed. This article aims to examine the current crisis affecting the welfare state in the UK, and social policy more broadly, and, begins to suggest how social movements are seeking to challenge the dominant discourses surrounding austerity politics. The article suggests some reasons as to why traditional forms of resistance and organization—such as the mobilizations of the trade union movement—have largely been unsuccessful in challenging such narratives. The article concludes by considering the shift from trade unionism in the UK to post-crisis social movements, and where an anti-austerity movement more broadly might develop further in pursuit of defending the principles of social welfare, and, ultimately, the welfare state.

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Cross-Border Cultural Cooperation in European Border Regions

Sites and Senses of ‘Place’ across the Irish Border

Giada Laganà and Timothy J. White

); reflecting on the extent of the cooperation that brought about the GFA ( Mitchell et al. 2018 ; Owsiak 2017 ; White 2017 ), or focusing on some of its contentious issues, such as its questionable long-term sustainability or its societal impact ( Byrne 2001

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A White Republic? Whites and Whiteness in France

Mathilde Cohen and Sarah Mazouz

In June of 2018, in a cramped and hot room of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, we launched a day-long workshop titled “The White Condition: Reflection on a French Majority” ( La Condition blanche: Réflexion sur