Articles by: Gavin Lewis

Author Biography:

Gavin Lewis is a freelance Black British mixed-race writer and academic. He has published in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States on film, media, politics, cultural theory, race, and representation. He has taught critical theory and film and cultural studies at a number of British universities. He is a member of the British trade union Bectu, as is Ken Loach.

Stand in Solidarity with Ken Loach: against the Israel lobby’s smear campaign

… in February 2021 the Master of St Peter’s College, Oxford, Judith Buchanan, apologised to Jewish students for offering a speaking invitation to Loach, who is one of its alumni, a veteran film-maker, a globally respected human rights activist, and a champion of socialist human solidarity.

Julian Assange and the Femocracy, by Gavin Lewis

The UK petitioners—neoliberal feminism and its unequal outrage

Informit: Julian Assange and the Femocracy

On 25 November 2018 former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard appeared on the BBC global news channel's 100 Women series. On the show's website, Gillard was described as having 'used her experience to help advance women and girls around the world through the promotion of education and leadership'. Obviously the women she'd 'helped' didn't include the refugees she attempted to dump on Malaysia, or those refugee women and children imprisoned in the internment camps Gillard…

The Unspoken ‘Wog’ Slur, by Gavin Lewis

Britain’s neoliberal media and New Imperialism

Informit: The unspoken ‘wog’ slur

Britain's neoliberal media and New Imperialism. In 2005 rioting and racial attacks broke out in Cronulla, a beachside suburb of Sydney. Many of the assailants had daubed banners and even their bodies with the sentiment 'wogs out'. The targets of their attacks were Lebanese Australians. The absurdity of this abuse was that 'wog' is an abbreviation of 'gollywog', an infantilised representation of Black African diasporic identity in doll form. Despite the seemingly ethnicspecific nature of…

Informit: Muslim-sexual-abuse moral panic

The October 2018 conviction of twenty men from Huddersfield in Britain for assorted rape and sexual-assault charges has reignited a moral panic about Muslim and Asian men and a supposed ethnic proclivity for sexual abuse. This has been stimulated by anti-Muslim activist and former English Defence League organiser Tommy Robinson illegally live-streaming events from the court, leading - in what seemed a calculated act of martyrdom designed to incite - to his prosecution for contempt-of-court…

Anti-Semitism Moral Panics, by Gavin Lewis

Coverage of the Moshe Fuerst assault reveals deep-seated media prejudice

Trump: Clinton’s Fake Progressivism, by Gavin Lewis

Gavin Lewis

22 Jan 2017

Trump may be racist, but it was the Clintons who criminalised black Americans en masse.

Informit: 240-Plus Years a slave

12 Years a Slave (2013) won best film at both the 2014 British BAFTAs and the American Oscars. But, apart from some casual asides about the evils of modern trafficking, very little was said about its contemporary American human-rights relevance. This was strange because, by contrast, for over two years the corporate media had focused intensely on human-rights abuses - specifically Russian replications of British homophobic clause 28-style oppressions, and Russian clampdowns on protest rights.…

Informit: The trans debate

Informit: New Labour and Post-Fordist Ideology: Inherent Contradictions?

A sociological critique of New Labour's policy and practice is discussed. New Labour are attempting to use Post-Fordist techniques to make the revenue it raised work more effectively, which is evident in several areas where previously large-scale social provision are replaced by models inspired by the just-in-time system.

Informit: War on the niqab

'Our' sexism versus 'their' sexism? Since the neo-imperialist wars on Middle Eastern homelands and elsewhere began, race relations in Western Europe have deteriorated markedly. One manifestation of this has been cyclical moral panics generated around the wearing of the niqab. France banned the public wearing of the garment. The Dutch cabinet approved a partial public ban 'for security reasons'. In Britain Birmingham Metropolitan College tried, unsuccessfully - after protests from its students - to ban…