Category Archives: Race

February 07

Race

One of my other research interests is race, namely whiteness. So I am starting to keep a list of resources here for those of you interested in critical race theory, racism, sociology, criminology and everything else. This video by Akala for the Guardian is a brilliant short clip that exemplifies perfectly how everyday racism is […]

November 14

Gilding the Lily: pop, race and plastic feminists

So Lily Allen has a new song out. It’s Hard out Here apparently. It certainly is. You know, being an upper middle-class daughter of two successful multi-millionaire parents, wearing your Hermes bags and residing in your country pile with your husband and beautiful children. Damn it’s hard. Apparently Lily is sticking it to the misogynistic […]

July 28

Crackers, Chavs and White Trash

A woman on twitter said calling someone cracker isn’t racist. I said that terms such as chav, honkey, white trash, cracker, lubber, hillbilly, trailer trash are racial terms which serve to uphold the power of invisible middle class whiteness. Yes, they inevitably intersect with class and gender, but they are racial terms. Many people do […]

June 09

Chav Barbie Tulisa : Down with the Doll

Tulisa. Ah, my beautiful Tula. Much has been written in the aftermath of the Sun’s sterling investigation. I bet it took them months if not years to devise such an amazing plan. You know, go to a club and ask a young person if anyone they know can get hold of drugs. How about asking […]

May 18

Snog Marry Avoid: The Moral Economies of Whiteness

I have a guest blog at Celeb Youth entitled Snog Marry Avoid: The Moral Economies of Whiteness. A blogger has written about it here. About CelebYouth “This is the website for a research project entitled: ‘The role of celebrity in young people’s classed and gendered aspirations’. It is being carried out by Heather Mendick and […]