By Wendy S. Shaw

This groundbreaking ebook brings the research of whiteness and postcolonial views to endure on debates approximately city change.A thought-provoking contribution to debates approximately city switch, race and cosmopolitan urbanismBrings the learn of whiteness to the self-discipline of geography, wondering the inspiration of white ethnicityEngages with Indigenous peoples' reviews of whiteness – previous and current, and with theoretical postcolonial perspectivesUses Sydney for instance of a 'city of whiteness', contemplating traits similar to Sydney's 'SoHo Syndrome' and the 'Harlemisation' of the Aboriginal group

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In Peter Jackson’s Progress in Human Geography report (1985a), the state of critical race scholarship was summarized within four categories. ‘Racial and ethnic segregation’ research (after DuBois and Weaver), was concerned with the patterns of urban segregation and ethnic concentration. The second category was concerned with ‘race and ideology’ and concentrated on ‘structured inequalities of power. . [such as] the relationship between ‘blacks’ and the police (Jackson 1985a, 101). The third category of research, on ‘riots and rebellion’, consisted of responses to moments of political upheaval associated with racialized groups (for example, the ‘Brixton Riots’).

Regardless of the book’s opening line ‘They shoot the white girl first’, white ethnicity (as it is understood in the wider US context and in my Australian understanding as well) was largely absent from this particular story. The story was set in one of the many African American towns pioneered in isolation during the long marches from slavery and as I read this opening account, a seemingly familiar scenario of oppression suddenly yielded something quite unexpected, and unfamiliar, to me. First, the perpetrators of the crime were not ‘white’, ethnically speaking, which was what I had expected (from reading stories about brutal oppression of minority groups).

These new unifications, which may have placed kin-based identities in the background, certainly resulted in a critical mass that then mobilized. This resulted in the badges of ‘Aboriginal Australia’, such as the Aboriginal flag, that were foundational in the overall politicization of Indigenous Australians. Urban spaces that are largely undesirable to the majority have long 38 ENCOUNTERING CITIES OF WHITENESS provided cheap lodgings for disadvantaged groups. And as Bonnett has identified (2002, 362–365) these settlements of the ‘other’ have: .

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