Month: December 2019

Taboo Breakers: How The Right Is Eroding Norms Of Decency

The radical right has broken taboos in order to introduce harsh repressive norms that give them a license to pursue their regressive agenda. Taboos are complex social and cultural constructions. They involve subtle prohibitions derived from supposedly accepted common standards of behavior. They protect society from excess and bestow a sense of identity upon its… Continue reading “Taboo Breakers: How The Right Is Eroding Norms Of Decency”

Why It’s So Important For Us To Discuss White Privilege

White privilege isn’t about guilt or blame, it is about identifying how racist social structures perpetuate inequality so that we can dismantle them. Concepts, such as white privilege, white fragility, structural racism, intersectionality, and the importance of a ‘call-out culture’ associated with the #MeToo movement, have become critical to the way English-speaking scholars approach the… Continue reading “Why It’s So Important For Us To Discuss White Privilege”

The rise of a culture warrior: Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right revolution

When the world’s attention turned towards the burning Amazon rain forest, Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, did everything to turn himself into an environmental villain – of sorts. Why – in the face of an environmental crisis – did he lose control of his country’s image abroad and, above all, image as a ‘strong man’ leader?… Continue reading “The rise of a culture warrior: Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right revolution”