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.

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: The case of Rachel Dolezal

In June 2015 the parents of Rachel Dolezal gave an interview with Good Morning America, the function of which was to emphasise that their daughter's ethnicity was actually white. Ms Dolezal wears her hair in a loose perm and, arguably, cultivates a dark complexion. The resulting avalanche of corporate-media condemna tion directed at Ms Dolezal was in stark disproportion to her prominence in society. Ms Dolezal had been local president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter…

Informit: Racism and the reporting of anti-semitism

Michel Foucault has written at length about the birth of modern systems of power. He has argued that zonal or compartmental - ised spatial systems have evolved from the surveillance mechanisms of state and corporate power. Regimes have developed that police and regulate the meanings given off from the bodies of those victimised by power, including their many ethnic differences. These regimes can vary from space to space, identity to identity. Or sometimes, in order…

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…

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.