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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    White M, 2012, 'Review Essay: The Social After Gabriel Tarde', Journal of Cultural Economy, vol. 5, pp. 361 - 367
    Journal articles | 2010
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    White M, 2006, 'An Ambivalent Civility', Canadian Journal of Sociology - Cahiers Canadiens de Sociologie, vol. 31, pp. 445 - 460
    Journal articles | 2006
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    White M, 2005, 'The Liberal Character of Ethological Governance', Economy and Society, vol. 34, pp. 475 - 493
    Journal articles | 2000
    Associate Professor Melanie White
    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

 

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