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About Alana Lentin

Alana Lentin is Associate Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis at Western Sydney University. Her website is

Articles by Alana Lentin

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Julian Richards is openDemocracy’s managing editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The good conscience of French intellectuals: the case of Thomas Guénolé and the French left of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. An open letter

Our right to live freely in the Diaspora is under attack, from both Christian and Zionist supremacism.  

Austerity and war against multiculturalism

Understanding how austerity, sexism, multiculturalism and racism become intertwined discourses. Part of the Anti-Austerity and Media Activism series.

The Crises of Multiculturalism

Ironically, working through the idiom of multicultural failure is a form of political correctness; a way of talking about issues of migration, identity, power, belonging, legitimacy and socio-political anxiety while steering clear of a lexicon associated with the overt history of a shameful, racist past. However, it has also become a discourse that launders racism.

Shilpa Shetty and Celebrity Big Brother

The experience of a Bollywood actress subjected to racism on a British "reality TV" show reveals more about the country that its government would like to acknowledge, says Alana Lentin.

The intifada of the banlieues

The rage of young French rioters is at heart the problem of France itself, says Alana Lentin.

Multiculturalism or anti-racism?

The multiculturalist model that elevates difference to a social principle is under attack. People committed to creating a world of justice and equal rights should not waste time defending it, says Alana Lentin.
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