En/countering Whiteness

Encountering Racism Down Under:

Antipodean perspectives on the construction of tolerance and white sovereignty




The University of Leeds


The University of Southampton


The University of Cape Town


The University of Sydney



1. Principal Reading:[1]

Ghassan Hage (1998) ‘Good White Nationalists: The Tolerant Society as a White Fantasy’, in White Nation: Fantasies of White Supremacy in a Multicultural Society, Sydney: Pluto Press, pp. 78-116.

Aileen Moreton-Robinson and Fiona Nicoll (2006) ‘We Shall Fight Them on the Beaches: Protesting cultures of white possession’, Journal of Australian Studies 89: 149-186. 



2. Synopses

Hage: ‘Good White Nationalists’

~ Rebecca Williamson


Hage’s chapter critically discusses the discourse of tolerance in Australian society as it relates to the history of immigration, multiculturalism and the integration of the ‘Other’ into the national imaginary. Hage’s main aim is to deconstruct the power relations implicit…

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