Meet the Director


Professor Anthony Elliott 

Anthony Elliott

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 is the author and editor of approximately thirty books, which have been translated or are forthcoming in over a dozen languages. His best-selling academic books, such as Concepts of the self and Psychoanalytic theory: an introduction, have appeared in multiple editions and have been in print across three decades.

Following two consecutive ARC Research Fellowships at the University of Melbourne, Elliott 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).

Anthony Elliott is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and a member of King's College, Cambridge.  He 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.

Amongst his most well-known books are Subject to ourselves (1996), The mourning of John Lennon (1999), Critical visions (2003), Social theory since Freud (2004), The new individualism (2005, with Charles Lemert), Mobile lives (2009, with John Urry) and On society (2012, with Bryan Turner).

Publications

Articles and reviews

More than 150 articles, review articles and book reviews in professional journals, weeklies and newspapers.

See Anthony Elliott, 'The brave new world of work: where employees are treated as criminals', The Conversation, 10 May 2013.

Books

Professor Elliott is the author and editor of 29 books, published (some forthcoming) in 17 languages.

  • Introduction to contemporary social theory, London and New York: Routledge, 2014, with Charles Lemert.
  • Contemporary social theory: an introduction, 2nd edition, London and New York: Routledge, 2014. (1st edition 2009)
  • Concepts of the self, 3rd edition, Canbridge: Polity Press, 2014. (2nd edition 2007; 1st edition 2001)
  • The Routledge handbook of social and cultural theory, London and New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • Reinvention, London and New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • The Routledge companion to contemporary Japanese social theory: from individualization to globalization in Japan today, edited 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.
  • 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.
  • The contemporary Bauman, editor, London and New York: Routledge, 2007.
  • The new individualism: the emotional costs of globalization, with Charles Lemert, London: Routledge, 2005.  Published in the USA as Deadly worlds: the emotional costs of globalization, New York: Roman and Littlefield, 2005. Second edition: Routledge, 2009.
  • Social theory since Freud: traversing social imaginaries, London and New York: Routledge, 2004.
  • Subject to ourselves: social theory, psychoanalysis and postmodernity, with a foreword by Zygmunt Bauman, 2nd edition, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2004.
  • Critical visions: new directions in social theory, New York: Roman and Littlefield, 2003.
  • Key contemporary social theorists, co-edited with Larry Ray, Oxford: Blackwell, 2002.
  • Psychoanalytic theory: an introduction, 2nd edition, London: Palgrave and Duke University Press, 2002
  • Profiles in contemporary social theory, edited with Bryan S Turner, London and Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2001.
  • Psychoanalysis at its limits: navigating the postmodern turn, edited with Charles Spezzano, London and New York: Free Association Books, 2000.
  • The Blackwell reader in contemporary social theory, editor, Oxford, UK and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1999.
  • The mourning of John Lennon, Berkeley, CA and London, UK: University of California Press; Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1999.
  • Freud 2000, editor, Cambridge: Polity Press; New York: Routledge; Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1998.
  • Subject to ourselves: social theory, psychoanalysis and postmodernity, Cambridge, UK: Polity Press and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1996.
  • Psychoanalysis in contexts: paths between theory and modern culture, edited with Stephen Frosh, London and New York: Routledge, 1995.
  • Psychoanalytic theory: an introduction, Oxford, UK and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1994. Reprinted 1997.
  • Social theory and psychoanalysis in transition: self and society from Freud to Kristeva, Oxford, UK and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1992. Second edition: London and New York: Free Association Books, 1999.

Interviews

 

 

 

Anthony Elliott, 'Plastic face', ABC Radio National, The Body Sphere, 24 March 2013. (audio and transcript available from this link to Radio National site)

Anthony Elliott, 'Reinvention society', ABC Radio National, Life Matters, 28 February 2013. (mp3 file, 9 MB)
Or hear the interview on the Radio National website.

Anthony Elliott, radio interview on Reinvention, Canadian Broadcasing Corporation, 5 January 2013. (mp3 file, 4 MB) 

 

Lectures

Areas of study and research

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