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Yes, Retailers Exploit Christmas, But Their Decorations Still Evoke Religious Spirit

Yes, Retailers Exploit Christmas, But Their Decorations Still Evoke Religious Spirit

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Joshua Newton, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University. Christmas trees in the aisles. Baubles hanging from the ceiling. Carols playing on the in-store speakers. Tinsel around the cash register. Shops put a lot of effort into Christmas decorations. It’s in their interest...

The Suburbs Are The Spiritual Home of Overconsumption. But They Also Hold The Key To a Better Future

The Suburbs Are The Spiritual Home of Overconsumption. But They Also Hold The Key To a Better Future

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Samuel Alexander, Research fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne and Brendan Gleeson, Director, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne. Suburban affluence is the defining image of the good life under capitalism, commonly held up as a model to which all humanity should...

At Last, Australia Has A Modern Slavery Act. Here’s What You’ll Need To Know…

At Last, Australia Has A Modern Slavery Act. Here’s What You’ll Need To Know…

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Paul Redmond, Sir Gerard Brennan Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney. It has taken years, but after votes in the Senate and House of Representatives last week, Australia has a Modern Slavery Act. It’ll take effect on January 1. But what difference will...

The Problem with Apu: Why We Need Better Portrayals of People of Colour on Television

The Problem with Apu: Why We Need Better Portrayals of People of Colour on Television

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Sukhmani Khorana, Senior Lecturer (Media and Culture), University of Wollongong. While giving a talk at a community arts organisation in Parramatta on why the stories of diverse areas like Western Sydney are not seen on mainstream screens, I was introduced to a screenwriter who had...

Why Covering The Environment Is One of The Most Dangerous Beats In Journalism

Why Covering The Environment Is One of The Most Dangerous Beats In Journalism

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Eric Freedman, Professor of Journalism and Chair, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, Michigan State University From the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi by Saudi agents to President Trump’s clashes with the White House press corps, attacks on reporters are in the news. This problem...

The US Midterms Show the Power of Trump’s Divisive Messages

The US Midterms Show the Power of Trump’s Divisive Messages

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Timothy J. Lynch, Associate Professor in American Politics, University of Melbourne. The good news if you don’t like US President Donald Trump: he has less than 24 months remaining in his first term in office. The bad news: he now looks to have a better...

Why Google’s Employees Walked Out and What It Could Mean for the Future of Labor

Why Google’s Employees Walked Out and What It Could Mean for the Future of Labor

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Thomas Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management Professor, Work and Organization Studies Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management. The recent walkout by thousands of Google employees at offices around the world was the...

The US Midterm Elections Are Being Billed as a Referendum on Trump, But It’s Not That Simple

The US Midterm Elections Are Being Billed as a Referendum on Trump, But It’s Not That Simple

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Brendon O’Connor, Associate Professor in American Politics at the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney and Dan Dixon, PhD Student in English, University of Sydney. From afar, the US midterm elections might seem to be all about Donald Trump, and there is some truth...

Earth’s Wilderness Is Vanishing, and Just a Handful of Nations Can Save It

Earth’s Wilderness Is Vanishing, and Just a Handful of Nations Can Save It

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: James Allan, Postdoctoral research fellow, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland; James Watson, Professor, The University of Queensland; Jasmine Lee, PhD candidate, biodiversity conservation and climate change, The University of Queensland, and Kendall Jones, PhD candidate, Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University...

Vegan Diet: How Your Body Changes From Day One

Vegan Diet: How Your Body Changes From Day One

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Sophie Medlin, Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, King’s College London. Veganism, the plant-based diet which shuns meat and dairy, is having its time in the sun. Since 2008, there has been a 350% increase in the number of self-described vegans in the UK alone. Where...

Family As ‘Brand’ – The Rise of The Digital Mumpreneur

Family As ‘Brand’ – The Rise of The Digital Mumpreneur

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: Camilla Nelson, Associate Professor in Media, University of Notre Dame Australia. “Taylen has become a brand,” says Angelica Calad, the mumpreneur behind the #influencer account #taylensmom. Taylen Biggs, age five, has more than 150,000 followers. In an era of advertising ennui, #influencers like Taylen’s mother...

Australians Care About Animals – But We Don’t Buy Ethical Meat

Australians Care About Animals – But We Don’t Buy Ethical Meat

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Authors: Amelia Cornish, PhD student, University of Sydney and Paul McGreevy, Professor of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science, University of Sydney. Australians clearly care about animal welfare: our research has found 92% shoppers in Sydney considered animal welfare to be important. However, when we look...