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Centre for Research on Social Inclusion

Social Theory as a Global Project

Presenter: Professor Raewyn Connell

Date: Thursday April 30th

Time: 12-2pm
Venue: C5C 498

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Light lunch will be provided.

Abstract:
The social sciences as we know them today were largely constructed in western Europe and north America, with the rest of the world serving as data sources. This fact has been recognized for some time in Anthropology and is now being discussed in Sociology. This seminar will discuss implications for social theory: ways in which societies in the global periphery produce theory, the problems of extraversion (Hountondji) and academic dependence (Alatas), and the specific situation of theory in rich anglophone peripheral countries such as Australia.

About the presenter:
Raewyn Connell is University Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Her work deals critically with culture, media and political hegemony and she is internationally recognised for her significant research in the field of Gender Studies, particularly concerning hegemonic masculinity. She is author, co-author or editor of over twenty books, including Masculinities, Ruling Class Ruling Culture, Making the Difference, Gender and Power, Sustaining Safe Sex, Schools and Social Justice, The Men and the Boys, Gender and her most recent, Southern Theory. A contributor to research journals in sociology, education, political science, gender studies and related fields, Raewyn Connell has also been a long-term participant in the labour and peace movements. Her current research concerns neo-liberalism, global power holders, and the changing role of intellectuals.