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By Wendy S. Shaw

This groundbreaking publication brings the learn of whiteness and postcolonial views to undergo on debates approximately city change.A thought-provoking contribution to debates approximately city switch, race and cosmopolitan urbanismBrings the examine of whiteness to the self-discipline of geography, wondering the inspiration of white ethnicityEngages with Indigenous peoples' studies of whiteness – earlier and current, and with theoretical postcolonial perspectivesUses Sydney for instance of a 'city of whiteness', contemplating tendencies similar to Sydney's 'SoHo Syndrome' and the 'Harlemisation' of the Aboriginal neighborhood

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In his groundbreaking explorations, Ghassan Hage (1993) has argued that both the policies of multiculturalism and the recent acknowledgment of Native Title rights18 have officially legitimized and sanctioned the presence of minority groups, in Australia. This recognition, that minority groups have certain entitlements, has in turn incited a siege mentality within Australia’s ‘dominant white culture’ (Hage 1993). Extrapolating from these observations it is not difficult to identify a similar sense of ‘siege’ around inner Sydney.

By opening these fields, using the kinds of analyses now commonplace in Human Geography,28 the following vignettes demonstrate the allocation of ethnicity, consequent racialization, and the subtler performances of whiteness enabled in these localized settings. These examples reveal also that processes such as the racialization of particular spaces may be context specific, but these forms of whiteness also reverberate within the wider context of neo-colonial Australian politics. Particular whiteness As a long-term resident of inner Sydney, I have observed a range of machinations associated with the largely unwanted presence of Indigeneity, and an ongoing desire to destabilize the existence of The Block.

According to Jane M. Jacobs (1993, 830), such realist perspectives provided the link between broader structures and local processes in local settings, and ‘a commitment to a range of qualitative approaches’. By 2005, this kind of approach had become common within Geography, and in that year Noel Castree called upon geographers to really think about this approach, and its plausibility. He reiterated one of Andrew Sayer’s concerns, about the divide between the idiographic (particular cases) and nomothetic (general laws).

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