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The History of White People

Nell Irvin Painter, an acclaimed American historian at the Princeton University in New Jersey, is undoubtedly challenging societal norms by being a black woman author to write about the ‘history’ of the white people. She even acknowledges this in a 2015 Rhodes College lecture and stated that people asked her if she was writing as…

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Youth, Multiculturalism and Community Cohesion

Thomas’ book is an engaging and well-written account of the dilemmas of contemporary society in dealing with youth identity and multiculturalism, particularly since 2001 when new ways of approaching multicultural youth work came to the forefront because of government concerns about the failure of multiculturalism. Riots in 2001 in Oldham, Burnley and Bradford, and the…

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The 60 books I read in the first half of 2018

At the end of last year, I wrote a post about the 170 books I managed to read over the course of the year, largely due to taking a sabbatical. Part of the problem with that post, was that I was not really able to do justice to the range of amazing books that I…

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Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire

Within the contemporary period, there have been a number of contributions to our understandings of the complexity of race, and the way that racism, both hidden and overt, exists within society. Michelle Alexander’s ‘The New Jim Crow’ pioneered a new brand of scholarship, that was picked up by others in a US context. In the…

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