Racism: whitewashing the class divide

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Griffiths, Phil. 2005. "Racism: whitewashing the class divide." Kuhn, Rick (ed.) Class and struggle in Australia. Frenchs Forest, Australia. Pearson Education Australia. pp. 159-175
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Racism: whitewashing the class divide

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2896
Book TitleClass and struggle in Australia
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AuthorGriffiths, Phil
EditorsKuhn, Rick
Page Range159-175
Number of Pages17
Year2005
PublisherPearson Education Australia
Pearson Australia Group
Place of PublicationFrenchs Forest, Australia
ISBN0733970087
Web Address (URL)http://www.pearson.com.au/products/K-L-Kuhn-Rick/Class-and-Struggle-in-Australia/9780733970085?R=9780733970085
Abstract

This chapter outlines a Marxist view of racism in Australia. It argues that Australian racism is grounded in three interweaving dynamics: the dispossession, genocide and social control of indigenous people; the strategic fears of the Australian ruling class about emerging powers in Asia; and the use of racism as a means of dividing and ruling the working class in Australia. Using this framework it examines the emergence of the White Australia policy, racism towards immigrants, multiculturalism, and the possibilities for anti-racism.

Keywordsracism, indigenous, white Australia, immigrants, multiculturalism, strategy, social control, Marxism, ruling class, ideology
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440801. Australian government and politics
430302. Australian history
441013. Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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