Welcome

Welcome to this website on social justice. I’m Joan Beckwith, and one of those people who have IDEAS in the middle of the night, many of which seem less amazing in the light of day, but some of which take hold. This website was one of those ideas, and came about when I realised that most of the work I have done as a psychologist and most of the issues I care most about involve social justice.

I decided to call this website 2020socialjustice because the cherished ideals are a bit like 20-20 hindsight, or 20-20 vision, representing a state of perfection that is unlikely to be achieved and yet is still worth working towards in whatever ways are possible. At this stage writing is possible for me though being on the front line is not.

2020 is also a time in the future, far enough away for substantial change, and near enough for realistic commitment. With this in mind, I decided to write this blog until at least 2020, produce at least 20x20 relevant posts by the end of that time, and complete at least 20 of those in any half-calendar year (including those on this website as well as those on the facebook page).

So, welcome to 2020socialjustice where you can:

The 2020socialjustice motto is that ‘thinking is important, being an expert is not, being right is unlikely’. Comments are very welcome through this website, via Facebook or Twitter, or by email to Joan Beckwith at 2020socialjustice@gmail.com.

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Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are advised that this site may include images and other references to people who have passed away. It may also contain links to sites that may use images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased.

 

 

In brief ...

Dear fella-whitefellas on Australia Day…

January 26th, 2016   

Is this a good time to talk about racism? Probably not. Nobody WANTS to do that. Not when the barbie’s hot, and the beer’s cold. Just the same, it’s way past time, don’t you think, to pin white privilege with a steely eye, chip away layers of white fragility, and LISTEN to Aboriginal voices?…Joan Beckwith

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Social justice – under the neoliberal table

January 8th, 2016   

I used to believe it was possible to work for social justice by working against discrimination, and that economic justice would follow as a corollary of social equity. This now seems naive. The influence of neoliberal ideology on Australian politics has turned the fight for economic justice into a priority and prerequisite. In this post I talk about my own awakening and the need for interdisciplinary thinking…Joan Beckwith.

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“Australian leader eats raw onion whole” and other gems from a jaw-dropping era

November 8th, 2015   

Tony Abbott’s parliament (18 September 2013 to 15 September 2015) got above the radar for cringe-worthy reasons including praise of coal as good for humanity, and criticism of marriage equality as a threat to cattle exports. This post includes media headlines from the era, sampled from a compilation by Evan Williams…Joan Beckwith.

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Siding with the bully is easier

October 15th, 2015   

Blaming the victim and siding with the bully are default options, even though bullies are not popular either. Changing these patterns means working against the status quo, but wouldn’t everybody be better off?…Joan Beckwith.

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In the News (FINAL EDITION) – Sep 2015

September 30th, 2015   

This webpost collates posts from the 2020socialjustice Facebook page during September 2015 that attracted substantial attention, or are otherwise of particular interest to keep on record. It will be the final edition of this “In the News” series for reasons explained in the post…Joan Beckwith

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Borderline Personality Disorder – a label with history and her-story behind it

September 9th, 2015   

As a young adult, Ann Kennedy says she was “given the label of Borderline Personality Disorder”. Her family history was not taken seriously and her self-mutilation was dismissed as “attention-seeking”. Her experience is not unusual. BPD is mostly diagnosed in women who mostly have histories of trauma. Understanding the psychological pain within its social context and personal history can be crucial for recovery….Joan Beckwith.

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In the News – August 2015

August 31st, 2015   

This webpost collates posts from the 2020socialjustice Facebook page during August 2015 that attracted substantial attention, or are otherwise of particular interest to keep on record.

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The convenient fiction of ‘merit-based success’

August 28th, 2015   

The myth of ‘merit’ as a measure of women’s ‘success’ is a convenient fiction that ignores structural inequalities. Six articles from one edition of a daily paper illustrate the point…Joan Beckwith.

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New, far-right, anti-Islam political party “AUSTRALIAN LIBERTY ALLIANCE”

August 5th, 2015   

New, far-right, anti-Islam political party “AUSTRALIAN LIBERTY ALLIANCE” officially launches on 20 October, 2015. Current Abbott-government politics create an environment in which such a party can flourish, and its international connections may also give it more ballast than previous far-right parties.

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In the News – July 2015

July 31st, 2015   

This webpost collates posts from the 2020socialjustice Facebook page during July 2015 that attracted substantial attention, or are otherwise of particular interest to keep on record.

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