Melanie White

Senior Lecturer

Melanie White is Senior Lecturer in Social Theory at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. She is also a fellow of the UNSW Scientia Education Academy.

Melanie is also Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Melanie's research is in the fields of classical and contemporary social theory.  Her primary research concerns the broad question of what it means to be social. Melanie’s current research concerns the place of the animal in the constitution of the discipline of sociology in 19C France. She has particular interest in the social theories of Emile Durkheim, Gabriel Tarde, Henri Bergson, Michel Foucault and Georges Canguilhem.  She is interested in questions about the relations between habits & creativity, error & uncertainty, and the way that the ordinary becomes extraordinary.  She also enjoys rediscovering lost and forgotten thinkers and considering how they contribute to contemporary debates.  She has published in high-ranking international journals such as Body & Society, Journal of Classical Sociology and Economy and SocietyHer book Bergson, Politics, and Religion co-edited with Alexandre Lefebvre (University of Sydney) is published with Duke University Press.

 

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Publications

Book Chapters
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White M, 2019, 'The Politics of Sympathy in Bergson's 'The Two Sources of Morality and Religion'', in Pitts AJ; Westmoreland MW (ed.), , SUNY, Albany, pp. 57 - 76
2019
White M, 2019, 'Citizenship', in Bergès S; Botting EH; Coffee A (ed.), , Routledge, London, https://www.routledge.com/The-Wollstonecraftian-Mind-1st-Edition/Berges-Botting-Coffee/p/book/9781138709973
2019
White M, 2019, 'Citizenship', in Bergès S; Botting EH; Coffee A (ed.), The Wollstonecraftian Mind, edn. Routledge Philosophical Minds, Routledge, London,
2019
White M, 2019, 'The Politics of Sympathy in Bergson's 'The Two Sources of Morality and Religion'', in Pitts AJ; Westmoreland MW (ed.), Beyond Bergson: Examining race and colonialism through the writings of Henri Bergson, SUNY, Albany, pp. 57 - 76,
2019
White MA, 2016, 'Sympathy and the Criminological Imagination', in Frauley J (ed.), C. Wright Mills and the Criminological Imagination Prospects for Creative Inquiry, Routledge, New York, pp. 147 - 161, https://www.book2look.com/embed/9781317170228
2016
White MA, 2015, 'Sympathy and the Criminological Imagination', in Frauley, Jon (ed.), C. Wright Mills and the Criminological Imagination, Ashgate, Surrey, UK, pp. 147 - 161, http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472414762
2015
Lefebvre A; White M, 2012, 'Religion Within the Bounds of Emotion Alone: Bergson and Kant', in Spencer D; Walby K; Hunt A (ed.), Emotions Matter: For a Relational Approach to Emotions, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, pp. 102 - 123, http://www.amazon.com/Emotions-Matter-Relational-Approach/dp/1442612533
2012
Lefebvre A; White M, 2012, 'Bergson, Politics, and Religion', in Lefebvre A; White M (ed.), Bergson, Politics, and Religion, edn. Original, Duke University Press, Durham, pp. 1 - 21, http://www.dukeupress.edu/Catalog/ViewProduct.php?productid=47194&viewby=title
2012
White M, 2008, 'Can an Act of Citizenship be Creative?', in Isin E; Nielsen G (ed.), Acts of Citizenship, edn. Original, Zed Books, London, pp. 44 - 56
2008
White M, 1999, 'Neo-liberalism and the Rise of the Citizen as Consumer', in Broad D; Antony W (ed.), Citizens or Consumers? Social Policy in a Market Society, edn. Original, Fernwood Publishing, Halifax, Canada, pp. 56 - 64, http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/Citizens-or-Consumers-Wayne-Antony-Dave-Broad/
1999
Edited Books
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White M; Lefebvre A, (eds.), 2012, Bergson, Politics, and Religion, Original, Duke University Press, Durham,
2012
Journal articles
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White M, 2015, 'Bergson and Bergsonism: A Reply to Riggio', Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, vol. 4, pp. 40 - 44, http://social-epistemology.com/2015/06/19/bergson-and-bergsonism-a-reply-to-riggio-melanie-white/
2015
White MA, 2014, 'Derrida and Durkheim on Suffering', Sub-Stance: a review of theory and literary criticism, vol. 43, pp. 100 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/sub.2014.0021
2014
White M, 2013, 'Habit as a Force of Life in Durkheim and Bergson', Body and Society, vol. 19, pp. 240 - 262, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1357034X13477161
2013
White M, 2012, 'Review Essay: The Social After Gabriel Tarde', Journal of Cultural Economy, vol. 5, pp. 361 - 367
2012
Lefebvre A; White M, 2010, 'Bergson on Durkheim: Society sui generis', Journal of Classical Sociology, vol. 10, pp. 457 - 477, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468795X10385186
2010
Lefebvre A; White M, 2010, 'Mary Wollstonecraft's Civic Perfectionism', Citizenship Studies, vol. 14, pp. 461 - 471, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13621025.2010.490040
2010
Lefebvre A; White M, 2010, 'Bergson on durkheim: Society sui generis', Criminology and Criminal Justice, vol. 10, pp. 457 - 477
2010
White M, 2006, 'An Ambivalent Civility', Canadian Journal of Sociology - Cahiers Canadiens de Sociologie, vol. 31, pp. 445 - 460
2006
White M, 2006, 'The Dispositions of Good Citizenship: Character, Symbolic Power and Disinterest', Journal of Civil Society, vol. 2, pp. 111 - 122
2006
White M, 2005, 'On the Recent Apocalyptic Tone Adopted in Canadian Sociology', Canadian Journal of Sociology - Cahiers Canadiens de Sociologie, vol. 30, pp. 537 - 544
2005
White M, 2005, 'The Liberal Character of Ethological Governance', Economy and Society, vol. 34, pp. 475 - 493
2005
White M; Hunt A, 2000, 'Citizenship: Care of the Self, Character and Personality', Citizenship Studies, vol. 4, pp. 93 - 116
2000
White M; Hunt A, 2000, 'Citizenship: Care of the Self, Character and Personality', Citizenship Studies, vol. 4, pp. 93 - 116
2000