Associate Professor Melanie   White
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Melanie White

PhD (Carleton University) MA (Carleton University) BA (University of British Columbia)

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Social Sciences

Melanie White is Deputy Head of School (Education) in the School of Social Sciences. She is Associate Professor in Sociology (Social Theory) and a Fellow of the UNSW Scientia Education Academy.

Melanie has always been fascinated by what we mean by the 'social.' Her current research concerns the place of biology and animality in the constitution of the discipline of sociology in 19C France. She has a 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 finding the point at which the ordinary becomes extraordinary in everyday life.  She also enjoys rediscovering lost and forgotten thinkers and considering how they contribute to contemporary debates in social theory and our understanding of everyday life.  She has published in high-ranking international journals such as Body & Society, Journal of Classical Sociology and Economy and Society. Her book Bergson, Politics, and Religion co-edited with Alexandre Lefebvre (University of Sydney) is published with Duke University Press.

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

Phone
+61 (2) 9385 2304
Location
163 Morven Brown

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2020
    Lefebvre A; White M, 2020, 'Bergson and Social Theory', in Lefebvre A; Schott NF (ed.), Interpreting Bergson: Critical Essays, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 139 - 154, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108367455
    Book Chapters | 2019
    White M, 2019, 'Citizenship', in Bergès S; Botting EH; Coffee A (ed.), The Wollstonecraftian Mind, Routledge, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315186788
    Book Chapters | 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, State University of New York Press, Albany, pp. 57 - 76, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/unsw/detail.action?docID=5756079#
    Book Chapters | 2016
    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
    Book Chapters | 2015
    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
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Lefebvre A; White M, 2012, 'Introduction', in Bergson, Politics, and Religion, Duke University Press, pp. 1 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/9780822395423-001
    Edited Books | 2012
    White M; Lefebvre A, (ed.), 2012, Bergson, Politics, and Religion, Duke University Press, Durham, https://www.dukeupress.edu/bergson-politics-and-religion
    Book Chapters | 2012
    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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 2008
    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
    Book Chapters | 1999
    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/
  • Journal articles | 2015
    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/
    Journal articles | 2014
    Walker C; White M, 2014, 'Police, design, plan and manage: developing a framework for integrating staff roles and institutional policies into a plagiarism prevention strategy', Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, vol. 36, pp. 674 - 687, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1360080X.2014.957895
    Journal articles | 2014
    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
    Journal articles | 2013
    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
    Journal articles | 2012
    White M, 2012, 'Review Essay: The Social After Gabriel Tarde', Journal of Cultural Economy, vol. 5, pp. 361 - 367
    Journal articles | 2010
    Lefebvre A; White M, 2010, 'Bergson on Durkheim: Society sui generis', Journal of Classical Sociology, vol. 10, pp. 457 - 477, http://jcs.sagepub.com/content/10/4/457.abstract
    Journal articles | 2010
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2006
    White M, 2006, 'An Ambivalent Civility', Canadian Journal of Sociology - Cahiers Canadiens de Sociologie, vol. 31, pp. 445 - 460
    Journal articles | 2006
    White M, 2006, 'The Dispositions of Good Citizenship: Character, Symbolic Power and Disinterest', Journal of Civil Society, vol. 2, pp. 111 - 122
    Journal articles | 2005
    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
    Journal articles | 2005
    White M, 2005, 'The Liberal Character of Ethological Governance', Economy and Society, vol. 34, pp. 475 - 493
    Journal articles | 2000
    White M; Hunt A, 2000, 'Citizenship: Care of the Self, Character and Personality', Citizenship Studies, vol. 4, pp. 93 - 116
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Lefebvre A; White M, 2020, 'Bergson and Social Theory', in Lefebvre A; Schott NF (ed.), Interpreting Bergson: Critical Essays, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 139 - 154, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108367455
    Book Chapters | 2019
    White M, 2019, 'Citizenship', in Bergès S; Botting EH; Coffee A (ed.), The Wollstonecraftian Mind, Routledge, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315186788
    Book Chapters | 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, State University of New York Press, Albany, pp. 57 - 76, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/unsw/detail.action?docID=5756079#
    Book Chapters | 2016
    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
    Book Chapters | 2015
    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
    Book Chapters | 2012
    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
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Lefebvre A; White M, 2012, 'Introduction', in Bergson, Politics, and Religion, Duke University Press, pp. 1 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/9780822395423-001
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 2008
    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
    Book Chapters | 1999
    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/
  • Edited Books | 2012
    White M; Lefebvre A, (ed.), 2012, Bergson, Politics, and Religion, Duke University Press, Durham, https://www.dukeupress.edu/bergson-politics-and-religion
  • Journal articles | 2015
    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/
    Journal articles | 2014
    Walker C; White M, 2014, 'Police, design, plan and manage: developing a framework for integrating staff roles and institutional policies into a plagiarism prevention strategy', Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, vol. 36, pp. 674 - 687, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1360080X.2014.957895
    Journal articles | 2014
    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
    Journal articles | 2013
    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
    Journal articles | 2012
    White M, 2012, 'Review Essay: The Social After Gabriel Tarde', Journal of Cultural Economy, vol. 5, pp. 361 - 367
    Journal articles | 2010
    Lefebvre A; White M, 2010, 'Bergson on Durkheim: Society sui generis', Journal of Classical Sociology, vol. 10, pp. 457 - 477, http://jcs.sagepub.com/content/10/4/457.abstract
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2010
    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
    Journal articles | 2006
    White M, 2006, 'An Ambivalent Civility', Canadian Journal of Sociology - Cahiers Canadiens de Sociologie, vol. 31, pp. 445 - 460
    Journal articles | 2006
    White M, 2006, 'The Dispositions of Good Citizenship: Character, Symbolic Power and Disinterest', Journal of Civil Society, vol. 2, pp. 111 - 122
    Journal articles | 2005
    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
    Journal articles | 2005
    White M, 2005, 'The Liberal Character of Ethological Governance', Economy and Society, vol. 34, pp. 475 - 493
    Journal articles | 2000
    White M; Hunt A, 2000, 'Citizenship: Care of the Self, Character and Personality', Citizenship Studies, vol. 4, pp. 93 - 116

Awards

2019   Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK

2019   The Michael Wearing Memorial Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision, UNSW Sydney

2018    UNSW Scientia Education Academy Fellow, 2019-2022

2017    Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (General Category), UNSW Sydney

2016    Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision Award, ARC Postgraduate Student Council, UNSW Student Life and Dean of Graduate Research School, UNSW Sydney 

2015    Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (General Category), Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney

2006    Nominated, Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching, Trent University, Canada

2002    Teaching Excellence Award, Carleton University Students' Association, Carleton University, Canada

 

Grants

Media

Research Areas:  Classical and contemporary social theory, political theory, citizenship studies, sociological theory

 

Current Research Projects

Bergson's Social and Political Thought
In collaboration with Alexandre Lefebvre (University of Sydney), this project develops the political, social and religious philosophy of Henri Bergson, an early twentieth century French philosopher. 

The Animal Question in Society
This project considers how 19C French social thinkers such as Auguste Comte, Jean-Marie Guyau, and Alfred Espinas understood the relation between human and nonhuman animals in order to interrogate by Emile Durkheim and others to constitute sociology as a discipline in France.

Life, Vitalism and Society
This project considers the underpinning vitalism of three 20C sociological thinkers in the German tradition: Georg Simmel, Alfred Schutz and Max Scheler.

 

Affiliations and Membership

Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University, Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Member de la Société des amis de Bergson

Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University, Department of Sociology & Anthropology

 

Teaching Areas

Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

 

Current Teaching

ARTS1870 Rethinking the Social (T1 2021)

 

Honours Supervision (Completed Projects)

Zara Khan (2020) Order your essay today! Investigating the relationship between contract cheating services and student behaviours (Criminology, UNSW Sydney)

Dovber Seldowitz (2020) Women’s Leadership in the Contemporary Hasidic Community: Its Prevalence, Development, and Relation to Hasidic Religious Discourse (Sociology and Anthropology, UNSW Sydney)

Maya Ghattas (2019) In the Image of Death: A Nature Not Equal to Nature. (Sociology and Anthropology, UNSW Sydney)

Ellen Jacobs (2019) Disciplined Autonomy: A Synthesised Concept and its Holistic Analysis of Crime Prevention Techniques. (Sociology and Anthropology, UNSW Sydney)

Ida Ioannou-Marsh (2017) Political Purity and Innate Politics (Sociology and Anthropology, UNSW Sydney)

Victoria Rae (2017) Where have all the experts gone?  A sociological consideration of post-truth and non-traditional news outlets (Sociology & Anthropology, UNSW Sydney)

Yvette Kiddle (2016) Imitation to Educate Children:  What Happens to Liberty? (Sociology & Anthropology, UNSW Sydney)

Roxarne Moon (2015) In Defence of Home (Sociology & Anthropology, UNSW Sydney), Recipient of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Honours Student Award

Nicholas Langley (2014) The Festival of Distraction: The Search for Community (Sociology & Anthropology, UNSW Sydney)

Rickie-Lee McLauren-Smith (2014) Uprooting Apathy: Towards Environmental Ethics of Care (Sociology & Anthropology, UNSW Sydney)

Holi Birman (2012) Stillness and Remembering the Self (Sociology & Anthropology, UNSW Sydney), Recipient of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Honours Student Award

Paula Houseman (2012) The Cancer Myth (Sociology & Anthropology, UNSW Sydney)

Na’ama Carlin (2010)  (W)riting the Body and the Circumcised Text (Sociology & Anthropology, UNSW Sydney), Recipient of the Sol Encel Honours Thesis Prize

Meagan Curtis (2008) Thomas Kuhn as Evolutionary Epistemologist (Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University, Canada)