Author Archives: chrisjohnmauri

Higher Education Workforce of the Future, revisited

The following is my updated paper on the Higher Education Workforce of the Future report, which was just presented at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne for #TASA2016.   On the eve of the 2015 Christmas holidays, it was announced that … Continue reading

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On Meth

On Meth. Instead of the usual kind of Sociyology post, this one will be quite personal and entirely serious. To be honest, I’m still not sure if I should be writing this, much less post it.  But I think it’s … Continue reading

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Academe, Flexgility, and Social Engineering

“… it helps us to recognize neoliberalism as not just an economic or political philosophy or “ideological doctrine” but as a broad and multifaceted social movement with widespread implications for all aspects of politics, society and culture. It also helps … Continue reading

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Thoughts and thanks, TASA2015

I just arrived back home in Perth, smelling like a week in the tropics topped off by a plane ride in dirty bamboo socks. My last day in Cairns was spent on a hostel couch, where I slept and stewed … Continue reading

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Propaganda and Patriarchy

A few weeks ago I was stirred by the following image, which has been doing the rounds on Facebook: For some audiences the message presented by the above image will strike a chord. To others it will seem very questionable. … Continue reading

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Real World 2: Responses to the Real World spiel

In the last Sociyology post, I referred to the “Real World” spiel in order to illustrate one technique that might effectively be used to degrade another person in the eyes of an audience. In this post I move away from … Continue reading

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Real World 1: Degradation Ceremonies

In 1956 Harold Garfinkel published a paper called Conditions of Successful Degradation Ceremonies, which provides eight hypothetical steps for achieving what the title suggests. It’s a fascinating paper that provides an interesting perspective for making sense of something we often … Continue reading

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