Journal article

Silenced realities: The significance of the “old racism” in contemporary Australian society

AZ Seet, Y Paradies

Journal of Australian Studies | Published : 2018


This article revisits the “old/new” conceptualisation of racism within race scholarship from Western liberal democracies. Contemporary race scholars argue that racism in Australia, when not denied among the populace at large, is marked by subtle and covert forms. Often termed the “new” racism, these “racisms” are categorised as founded upon a belief in cultural superiority, where the particular out-group’s supposed values are held against “Australian values” and deemed incompatible or inferior. This shift in Australian race scholarship is often contrasted against the “old” racism, defined as expressions of racism overtly delivered and based upon a belief in a biological and genetically inher..

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