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Meghan Markle’s mixed race identity has been the topic of conversation leading up to her wedding to Prince Harry. That’s a good thing. WEN COOBAN / BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE / HANDOUT

Meghan Markle and why being ‘mixed race’ matters in Australia

Journalist Stan Grant has argued that we need to stop talking about Meghan Markle's 'mixed race' identity. But our society still categorises people according to race - and we need to discuss this.
Mural in Karachi. Pakistan multiple identities cannot be reduced to religious fanaticism. Wasif Malik/Flickr

Pakistan’s quest for identity: contesting Islam

Pakistan has often been misunderstood to be exclusively built upon a national Islamic identity, ignoring the multiculturality and divisive role of Islam in the definition of its national identity.
Though Chief Wahoo won’t appear on uniforms, there’s no reason to think that the mascot won’t endure on signs, clothing and memorabilia. Arturo Pardavila III

The Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo isn’t going away anytime soon

Research on the relationship between mascots and fandom shows just how tricky it is to truly eradicate a mascot from a region's collective identity.
Research suggests that suicides by racial and ethnic minorities are undercounted. Joseph Sohm/shutterstock.com

Suicide isn’t just a ‘white people thing’

Many cultures still experience silence and shame around mental health issues. But that doesn't mean they don't need help.
Conversations about Australia Day feel so polarised. David Moir/AAP

How to have a better conversation about Australia Day

Debates around changing the date of Australia Day tend to run afoul of our sense of social identity, but there are ways to cut through and have a good conversation.
How do harsher measures to counter possible terrorist attacks impact our relation to political life and to citizenship ? frankieleon/Flickr

Counter-terrorism policies play an important role in shaping a national identity narrative’: Conversation with Lee Jarvis

Counter-terrorism policies have social and political impacts on citizenship, identity and our perception of self and the Other. Through the British case, Lee Jarvis discusses his latest research with Sylvain Antichan.

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