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Professor Anthony Elliott 

Position: Director: Hawke Research Institute/Research Professor of Sociology Professor Anthony Elliott
Division/Portfolio: Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
School/Unit: Division Office Research EAS
Group: Hawke Research Institute
Campus: Underdale Campus
Office: X2-05
Telephone: +61 8 830 21084
Fax: +61 8 830 22973
Email: Anthony_dot_Elliott_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Anthony.Elliott


Other Contacts

Maureen Cotton, Personal Assistant to the Director, HRI: +61 8 830 22964

Lynette Copus, Institute Manager: +61 8 830 21007


Anthony Elliott is Director of the Hawke Research Institute, where he is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia. He is also currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at the Open University UK, and Visiting Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin, Ireland. From 2014 he will be Visiting Fellow at the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, and in summer 2014 he will hold a Visiting Professorship at the Graduate School of Human Relations, Keio University, Japan.

Professor Elliott is a prominent social theorist, sociologist and public intellectual. He is the author and editor of some 35 books, which have been translated or are forthcoming in a dozen languages. His books include Social Theory and Psychoanalysis in Transition, Psychoanalytic Theory: An Introduction, Subject To Ourselves, The Mourning of John Lennon, Critical Visions, Social Theory Since Freud, The New Individualism (with Charles Lemert), Making The Cut: How Cosmetic Surgery is Transforming Our Lives, Mobile Lives (with John Urry), On Society (with Bryan S. Turner), Contemporary Social Theory: An Introduction, and Reinvention. He is best known for Concepts of the Self, which has been in continuous print for over 20 years and across three editions.

Anthony Elliott was educated at the universities of Melbourne and Cambridge, where he was supervised by Lord Anthony Giddens, architect of the Blair Government’s Third Way.

Professor Elliott has held various professorships and fellowships in Australia and abroad. Following two consecutive ARC Research Fellowships at the University of Melbourne, he was appointed to a Research Chair in the UK in 1999. He subsequently became Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury, prior to returning to Australia in 2006 to take up the Chair of Sociology at Flinders University, where he was for a period both Head of Department and Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

Elliott contributes to media worldwide: amongst others, he has been recently been interviewed by the BBC World Service, The Sunday Times, ABC Radio National, The Australian, BBC Radio 4, GMTV Sunday as well as European and North American radio and television networks.

Professor Elliott is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, and a member of King’s College, Cambridge.


Professional associations

Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)

LearningMiles, Finland


Qualifications

1986 Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne

1991 Doctor of Philosophy, Cambridge University


Research interests

  • ARC Discovery Grant, 2012-14: 'Investigating international work-related travel, global airports and transnational networks: innovation, shape and boundaries of mobile lifestyles', with Prof. John Urry, Mobilities Laboratory, Lancaster University, UK, $150,000.
  • ARC Linkage Grant, 2012-13: 'Trust makers, breakers and brokers: building trust in the Australian food system', with researchers from Flinders University, Adelaide University; City University, London; University of Kent, UK; Department of Health (SA) and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, $209,580.
  • ARC Discovery Grant, 2008-12: 'Australian global identities: images of globalization, transnationalism and individualism among new expatriates', with Professor Charles Lemert, Yale University, USA, $250,000.
  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2011: 'The paradox of melancholia', with A/Prof J. Rutherford and Prof. B. Castro.
  • International Science Linkage Grant, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2010: 'The new individualism and Japanese economy and society', $7500.

Research publications

Recent books

Reinvention, London and New York: Routledge, 2013.

The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Japanese Social Theory: From Individualization to Globalization in Japan Today, with Atsushi Sawai and Masataka Katagiri, London and New York, Routledge, 2013.

On Society, with Bryan S. Turner, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2012.

The Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies, London and New York: Routledge, 2011.

Mobile Lives, with John Urry, London and New York: Routledge, 2010.

Globalization, with Charles Lemert, Daniel Chaffee and Eric Hsu, London and New York: Routledge, 2010.

The Routledge Companion to Social Theory, Editor, London and New York: Routledge, 2009.

Contemporary Social Theory: An Introduction, London and New York: Routledge, 2009.

Identity in Question, edited with Paul du Gay, London and Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2009.

Making the Cut: How Cosmetic Surgery is Transforming Our Lives, London: Reaktion and Chicago University Press, 2008.

Recent articles

'Miniaturized mobilities: transformations in the storage, containment and retrieval of affect', Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 2013, 18: 71–80. doi:10.1057/pcs.2012.51

Anthony Elliott with Annabelle Wilson, John Coveney, Julie Henderson, Samantha Meyer, Michael Calnan, Martin Caraher, Trevor Webb and Paul Ward, 'Trust makers, breakers and brokers: building trust in the Australian food system', BMC Public Health, 2013, 13: 229. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-229.

'New individualist configurations and the social imaginary: Castoriadis and Kristeva', European Journal of Social Theory, 2012 (3): 1-17.

'Debating "the social": towards a critique of sociological nostalgia', with Bryan S. Turner, Societies, 2012, 2, 1-x manuscripts; doi:10.3390/soc10x000x

'I want to look like that! Cosmetic surgery and celebrity culture', Cultural Sociology, 2011, 5(4).

'The new individualism after the great global crash', Journal of Studies in Contemporary Sociological Theory, 2010, 4: 54-66.

'The new individualism and contemporary Japan: theoretical avenues, Japanese sociology and Japan’s economy', with Masataka Katagiri and Atsushi Sawai, Journal of Studies in Contemporary Sociological Theory, 2010, 4: 67-92.

'Drastic plastic and the global electronic economy', Society, 2009, 46(4): 357-362.

Recent book chapters

'Psychoanalysis and social theory' in C. Crothers (ed.), UNESCO Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences: Historical Development and Theoretical Approaches in Sociology, New York: EOLSS, 2011, pp. 303-333.

'The globality of globals: from floating to escape routes' in Luis L.M. Aguiar and Christopher J. Schneider (eds), Researching amongst Elites: Challenges and Opportunities in Studying Up, UK: Ashgate, 2012, pp. 141-157.

'New global elites' in Peter Beilharz and Trevor Hogan (eds), Sociology Antipodean Perspectives, 2nd edn, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 486-490.

'Editors introduction' in A. Elliott, M. Katagiri and A. Sawai (eds), The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Japanese Social Theory: From Individualization to Globalization in Japan Today, London and New York: Routledge, 2013, pp. 1-13.

'On passionate dissent' in A. Elliott, M. Katagiri and A. Sawai (eds), The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Japanese Social Theory: From Individualization to Globalization in Japan Today, London and New York: Routledge, 2013, pp. 63-67

'The three selves in Japanese society' in A. Elliott, M. Katagiri and A. Sawai (eds), The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Japanese Social Theory: From Individualization to Globalization in Japan Today, London and New York: Routledge, 2013.


Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: Sociology

  • identity and lifestyle change
  • cosmetic surgery
  • globalization and the global electronic economy
  • sexuality and intimacy
  • the future and 'social futures'

Research Degree Supervisor

I have successfully supervised and co-supervised postdoctoral students to completion in the areas of social theory, sociology, psychoanalysis, identity studies and cultural studies.




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