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Category: The Crises of Multiculturalism

Not Racism: White crisis and the postracial denial of race

This is the audio of a talk I gave on June 23 at the conference, ‘Race-conscious and colorblind framings: converging and diverging trends in Europe and the Americas’, organized by the CERI and the INED at Sciences Po in Paris by Patrick Simon and Sarah Mazouz.

In it, I talk about how the need to define what is and what is not racism is evidence of a postracial ‘white crisis’.

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Last Talk: Good and Bad Diversity

I recently gave a talk on Good and Bad Diversity: The Crisis of Multiculturalism as a Crisis of Politics at the Reconfiguring Antiracism Conference, held at Deakin University, Melbourne (9-10 December 2013). This paper emerges from The Crises of Multiculturalism, the book I co-wrote with Gavan Titley in 2011 and…

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Anders Behring Breivik had no legitimate grievance

Gavan Titley and I have published an article on The Guardian’s Comment is Free today stating why we think that the political mainstream is far more involved than we would like to think in the development of Anders Behring Breivik’s idea on multiculturalism and immigration.

Despite the fact that Anders Behring Breivik was not permitted to publicly justify his actions in public on Monday, a scrambling defence of his repertoire of prejudice is already in full swing. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Bruce Bawer, who is quoted by Breivik in his manifesto 2083: A European Declaration of Independence, emphasises his repeated warnings that a rightwing extremist may use violence to address “legitimate concerns about genuine problems”. Bawer blames mainstream politics for failing to address the corrosion of Europe by Islamicisation and multiculturalism, meanwhile The Jerusalem Post cautions that “Oslo’s devastating tragedy should not be allowed to be manipulated by those who would cover up the abject failure of multiculturalism”.

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Fresh Off the Press

The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age is finally ready. My co-author, Gavan and I went to pick it up and meet the delightful Zed Books editors at their offices in London last week. Here I am checking it out. The book will be officially out next week…

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