Dr Craig Browne

Senior Lecturer
Coordinator Development Studies Program

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2665

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Biographical details

On leave in Semester 1, 2014
Craig Browne works in the area of critical social theory. He is currently finalising a book comparing influential contemporary social theories and extending his research into the relationship between recognition, symbolic power and social imaginaries. He has received funding for research comparing pragmatist notions of creative democracy with ideas of democratic creativity in contemporary French social and political thought. This research into creative democracy builds on his Ph.D. dissertation: Projects and Anticipations: a Comparative Analysis of Habermas’ and Giddens’ Conceptions of the Social.

Research interests

His research interests include social change, processes of global transformation, subjectivity, intersubjectivity and sociological perspectives on democracy.

Teaching and supervision

Current Teaching:

  • SCLG2601 Sociological Theory (Semester 1)
  • SCLG2612 Self and Society (Semester 2)
  • SCLG2616 Global Transformations (Semester 2)
  • SCLG2618 Violence, Imaginaries and Symbolic Power (Semester 1)
  • SCLG3601 Contemporary Sociological Theory (Semester 2)
  • SCLG6903 New Debates in Social Theory (Semester 1)
  • SSCP6900 Critical Perspectives on Development A (Semester 1)

Supervisions

PhD Completions

Rowan Savage: Genocidal Dehumanisation as a Discursive Strategy in the Modern Era, 2009

Andrew Lynch: Vatican II and the 1960s: Contesting Theories of Church Reform and the Impact of Modernity, 2010


Completed Postgraduate and Honours Supervisions
Hatice Beyza Ozel, Recognition and Redistribution in the Context of Globalization

Nathalie Hudson, A Denial of Rights in Australia's Policies of Asylum

Marija Jovanovic: From Conflation to Constraint: A Critical Realist Critique of Anthony Giddens's Theory of Structuration

Aimee McBride: Deliberation and the Norm of Participation

Nikki Perry: Imagining the War on Terror

Associations

Co-Editor of Theory - Newsletter of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Sociological Theory (RC16) 2010-2014

Vice President (Australia and Asia Pacific) The International Sociological Association Research Committee on Conceptual and Terminological Analysis (RC35) 2010-

Executive Committee European Sociological Association, Research Network on Social Theory, RN 29 2013-

Convener (with Suzi Adams) The Australian Sociological Association Social Theory Thematic Group 2013-

Member of Board The International Sociological Association Research Committee on Sociological Theory (RC16) 2014-

Consultancies

Allen and Unwin Publishers 2003
The University of Technology Sydney 2004

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2010

  • Social Theory and Political Philosophy: Modernist Understandings and New Configurations; Browne C; Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney/FARSS (Faculty of Arts Research Support Scheme).

2004

  • Creative democracy: dimension or model; Browne C; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Browne, C., McGill, J. (2010). Violence in France and Australia: Disorder in the postcolonial welfare state. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Browne, C. (2015). Change is Central to Sociology. In G. Bammer (Eds.), Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Change. Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Browne, C. (2015). Forthcoming: Half-Positions and Social Contestation: On the Dynamics of Exclusionary Integration. In Breno M. Bringel and Jose Mauricio Domingues (Eds.), Global modernity and social contestation, (pp. 167-184). London: Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Browne, C. (2014). 'Whatever Works': Political Philosophy and Sociology: Luc Boltanski in conversation with Craig Browne. In Simon Susen and Bryan Turner (Eds.), Luc Boltanksi: Critical Perspectives, (pp. 549-560). London: Anthem Press.
  • Browne, C. (2014). Between Creative Democracy and Democratic Creativity. In Vrasidas Karalis (Eds.), Cornelius Castoriadis and Radical Democracy, (pp. 196-217). Leiden: Brill.
  • Browne, C. (2014). Introduction to 'Whatever Works': Political Philosophy and Sociology: Luc Boltanski in conversation with Craig Browne. In Simon Susen and Bryan Turner (Eds.), Luc Boltanksi: Critical Perspectives, (pp. 541-548). London: Anthem Press.
  • Browne, C. (2010). Civil Solidarity and Social Struggles. In W. Ommundsen, M. Leach and A. Vandenburg (Eds.), Cultural Citizenship and the Challenges of Globalization, (pp. 67-80). Cresskill: Hampton Press, Inc.
  • Browne, C., Mar, P. (2010). Enacting half-positions: creative disrespect in the 2005 French riots. In Craig Browne and Justine McGill (Eds.), Violence in France and Australia: Disorder in the postcolonial welfare state, (pp. 200-222). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Browne, C., McGill, J. (2010). Violence and the postcolonial welfare state in France and Australia. In Craig Browne and Justine McGill (Eds.), Violence in France and Australia: Disorder in the postcolonial welfare state, (pp. 5-25). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Journals

  • Browne, C. (2014). 'Experience is a mixture of violence and justification': Luc Boltanski in conversation with Craig Browne. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 124(1), 7-19. [More Information]
  • Browne, C., Susen, S. (2014). Austerity and its Antitheses: Practical Negations of Capitalist Legitimacy. S A Q: The South Atlantic Quarterly, 113(2), 217-230. [More Information]
  • Browne, C. (2014). From the creativity of collective imagination to the crisis of postmodern fantasy. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 124(1), 114-131. [More Information]
  • Browne, C. (2014). Introduction to Special Issue on the work of Luc Boltanski. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 124(1), 3-6. [More Information]
  • Browne, C. (2014). The Institution of Critique and the Critique of Institutions. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 124(1), 20-52. [More Information]
  • Browne, C. (2013). Book Review: Barbara A Misztal, The Challenges of Vulnerability: In Search of Strategies for a Less Vulnerable Social Life, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2011. International Sociology, 28(5), 518-522. [More Information]
  • Browne, C. (2013). Book review: Isaac Ariail Reed, Interpretation and Social Knowledge: On the Use of Theory in the Human Sciences, University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 2011. International Sociology, 28(2), 230-233.
  • Browne, C. (2013). Book review: Karl E. Smith, Meaning, Subjectivity, Society - Making Sense of Modernity, Brill, 2010. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 116(1), 108-111. [More Information]
  • Browne, C. (2010). Book Review: Habermas – a Critical Introduction, 2nd Edn: William Outhwaite. Journal of Sociology, 46(3), 342-344.
  • Browne, C. (2010). Democratic Justice as Intersubjective Freedoms. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 101, 53-62. [More Information]
  • Pixley, J., Browne, C. (2010). Festschrift for Maria Markus. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 101, 3-5. [More Information]
  • Browne, C. (2010). Postmodernism, Ideology and Rationality. Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 64(251), 79-99.
  • Browne, C. (2009). Book Review: Postcolonial Disorders, edited by Mary�?Jo DelVecchio Good, Sandra Teresa Hyde, Sarah Pinto, and Byron J. Good. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2008. American Journal of Sociology, 115(2), 641-643.
  • Browne, C. (2009). Democracy, Religion and Revolution. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 99(1), 27-47.
  • Browne, C. (2009). Pragmatism and radical democracy. Critical Horizons, 10(1), 54-75.
  • Browne, C. (2008). The End of Immanent Critique? European Journal of Social Theory, 11(1), 5-24.
  • Browne, C. (2006). A Moral Order of Mutual Benefit. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 86(August), 114-125.
  • Browne, C. (2006). Democratic Paradigms and the Horizons of Democratization. Contretemps: an online journal of philosophy, 6(January), 43-58.
  • Browne, C., Mar, P. (2006). The French Riots: Events and Circumstances. Australian Mosaic, 13(1), 27-29.
  • Browne, C. (2005). Castoriadis on the Capitalist Imaginary. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 13, 282-298.
  • Browne, C. (2005). Hope, Critique, and Utopia. Critical Horizons, 6(1), 63-86.

Conferences

  • Browne, C. (2003). On social hope: reconciling normative principles and temporal practices. TASA 2003 Conference, Australia: Australian Sociological Association.
  • Browne, C. (2002). A New Nexus of Social Change. Social Change in the 21st Century Conference, http://www.socialchange.qut.edu.au/conferences/socialchange/2006proceedings.jsp: Centre for Social Change Research, Queensland University of Technology.
  • Browne, C. (2002). Deliberative Democracy and late modernity. Jubilee conference of the Australasian Political studies Association, Sydney: Australasian Political Studies Association.
  • Browne, C. (2001). An unrealised project: Remarks on Giddens' alternatives to Habermas' Social Theory. TASA 2001 Conference, Sydney: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Browne, C., Van Krieken, R., Edwards, K., Watson, V. (2001). Tasa 2001. TASA 2001, : World Scientific Publishing.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Browne, C. (2010). 'Between Interpretation and Critique: From Marx’s thesis to Thesis Eleven'. Theory, The Newsletter of the Research Committee on Sociological Theory of the International Sociological Association.
  • Browne, C. (2006). A Personal Memoir of the ISA World Congress 2006. Theory: The Newsletter of the Research Committee on Sociological Theory of the International Sociological Association Fall/Winter 2006.

2015

  • Browne, C. (2015). Change is Central to Sociology. In G. Bammer (Eds.), Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Change. Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Browne, C. (2015). Forthcoming: Half-Positions and Social Contestation: On the Dynamics of Exclusionary Integration. In Breno M. Bringel and Jose Mauricio Domingues (Eds.), Global modernity and social contestation, (pp. 167-184). London: Sage Publications Ltd.

2014

  • Browne, C. (2014). 'Experience is a mixture of violence and justification': Luc Boltanski in conversation with Craig Browne. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 124(1), 7-19. [More Information]
  • Browne, C. (2014). 'Whatever Works': Political Philosophy and Sociology: Luc Boltanski in conversation with Craig Browne. In Simon Susen and Bryan Turner (Eds.), Luc Boltanksi: Critical Perspectives, (pp. 549-560). London: Anthem Press.
  • Browne, C., Susen, S. (2014). Austerity and its Antitheses: Practical Negations of Capitalist Legitimacy. S A Q: The South Atlantic Quarterly, 113(2), 217-230. [More Information]
  • Browne, C. (2014). Between Creative Democracy and Democratic Creativity. In Vrasidas Karalis (Eds.), Cornelius Castoriadis and Radical Democracy, (pp. 196-217). Leiden: Brill.
  • Browne, C. (2014). From the creativity of collective imagination to the crisis of postmodern fantasy. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 124(1), 114-131. [More Information]
  • Browne, C. (2014). Introduction to 'Whatever Works': Political Philosophy and Sociology: Luc Boltanski in conversation with Craig Browne. In Simon Susen and Bryan Turner (Eds.), Luc Boltanksi: Critical Perspectives, (pp. 541-548). London: Anthem Press.
  • Browne, C. (2014). Introduction to Special Issue on the work of Luc Boltanski. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 124(1), 3-6. [More Information]
  • Browne, C. (2014). The Institution of Critique and the Critique of Institutions. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 124(1), 20-52. [More Information]

2013

  • Browne, C. (2013). Book Review: Barbara A Misztal, The Challenges of Vulnerability: In Search of Strategies for a Less Vulnerable Social Life, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2011. International Sociology, 28(5), 518-522. [More Information]
  • Browne, C. (2013). Book review: Isaac Ariail Reed, Interpretation and Social Knowledge: On the Use of Theory in the Human Sciences, University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 2011. International Sociology, 28(2), 230-233.
  • Browne, C. (2013). Book review: Karl E. Smith, Meaning, Subjectivity, Society - Making Sense of Modernity, Brill, 2010. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 116(1), 108-111. [More Information]

2010

  • Browne, C. (2010). 'Between Interpretation and Critique: From Marx’s thesis to Thesis Eleven'. Theory, The Newsletter of the Research Committee on Sociological Theory of the International Sociological Association.
  • Browne, C. (2010). Book Review: Habermas – a Critical Introduction, 2nd Edn: William Outhwaite. Journal of Sociology, 46(3), 342-344.
  • Browne, C. (2010). Civil Solidarity and Social Struggles. In W. Ommundsen, M. Leach and A. Vandenburg (Eds.), Cultural Citizenship and the Challenges of Globalization, (pp. 67-80). Cresskill: Hampton Press, Inc.
  • Browne, C. (2010). Democratic Justice as Intersubjective Freedoms. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 101, 53-62. [More Information]
  • Browne, C., Mar, P. (2010). Enacting half-positions: creative disrespect in the 2005 French riots. In Craig Browne and Justine McGill (Eds.), Violence in France and Australia: Disorder in the postcolonial welfare state, (pp. 200-222). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Pixley, J., Browne, C. (2010). Festschrift for Maria Markus. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 101, 3-5. [More Information]
  • Browne, C. (2010). Postmodernism, Ideology and Rationality. Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 64(251), 79-99.
  • Browne, C., McGill, J. (2010). Violence and the postcolonial welfare state in France and Australia. In Craig Browne and Justine McGill (Eds.), Violence in France and Australia: Disorder in the postcolonial welfare state, (pp. 5-25). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Browne, C., McGill, J. (2010). Violence in France and Australia: Disorder in the postcolonial welfare state. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2009

  • Browne, C. (2009). Book Review: Postcolonial Disorders, edited by Mary�?Jo DelVecchio Good, Sandra Teresa Hyde, Sarah Pinto, and Byron J. Good. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2008. American Journal of Sociology, 115(2), 641-643.
  • Browne, C. (2009). Democracy, Religion and Revolution. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 99(1), 27-47.
  • Browne, C. (2009). Pragmatism and radical democracy. Critical Horizons, 10(1), 54-75.

2008

  • Browne, C. (2008). The End of Immanent Critique? European Journal of Social Theory, 11(1), 5-24.

2006

  • Browne, C. (2006). A Moral Order of Mutual Benefit. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 86(August), 114-125.
  • Browne, C. (2006). A Personal Memoir of the ISA World Congress 2006. Theory: The Newsletter of the Research Committee on Sociological Theory of the International Sociological Association Fall/Winter 2006.
  • Browne, C. (2006). Democratic Paradigms and the Horizons of Democratization. Contretemps: an online journal of philosophy, 6(January), 43-58.
  • Browne, C., Mar, P. (2006). The French Riots: Events and Circumstances. Australian Mosaic, 13(1), 27-29.

2005

  • Browne, C. (2005). Castoriadis on the Capitalist Imaginary. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 13, 282-298.
  • Browne, C. (2005). Hope, Critique, and Utopia. Critical Horizons, 6(1), 63-86.

2003

  • Browne, C. (2003). On social hope: reconciling normative principles and temporal practices. TASA 2003 Conference, Australia: Australian Sociological Association.

2002

  • Browne, C. (2002). A New Nexus of Social Change. Social Change in the 21st Century Conference, http://www.socialchange.qut.edu.au/conferences/socialchange/2006proceedings.jsp: Centre for Social Change Research, Queensland University of Technology.
  • Browne, C. (2002). Deliberative Democracy and late modernity. Jubilee conference of the Australasian Political studies Association, Sydney: Australasian Political Studies Association.

2001

  • Browne, C. (2001). An unrealised project: Remarks on Giddens' alternatives to Habermas' Social Theory. TASA 2001 Conference, Sydney: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Browne, C., Van Krieken, R., Edwards, K., Watson, V. (2001). Tasa 2001. TASA 2001, : World Scientific Publishing.

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