Professor Robert Van Krieken

BA (Hons), PhD UNSW, LLB (Syd)
Professor of Sociology and Chair of Department

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

Telephone +61 2 9351 4990

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Biographical details

Of Dutch parentage, but born in Hong Kong where I spent my primary school years. I came to Sydney in 1967, and on leaving school did a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Sociology at the University of NSW. I did my PhD at UNSW as well, supervised by Michael Pusey. I started working at the University of Sydney in 1979, and since then I have helped build up the Sociology programme, as well as the Socio-Legal programme more recently. I’m also active in the International Sociological Association.

Research interests

Social change, socio-legal issues (practical and theoretical), family law, the changing formation of identity and the self under varying social and historical conditions, power and social control, changing patterns of state-formation, technology and social relationships, application of social theory to current societal transformations, celebrity as a social form, globalization.

Teaching and supervision

Sociological theory. socio-legal studies, law and social theory, celebrity society, childhood, family, theory and research on processes of civilization and decivilization. Click here for a more detailed description of research supervision areas.

Associations

  • In the International Sociological Association: President of Research Committee 53, Sociology of Childhood,
  • Vice-President of RC17 Sociology of Organizations,
  • Vice-President of Working Group 02. Historical & Comparative Sociology,
  • Member of the Executive Committee 2006-2010,
  • Vice-President for Finance & Membership 2010-2014.
  • Member of the Executive of the Sociological Association of Ireland, 2009-2011.

Visiting Positions

Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, Visiting Scholar, Amsterdam School for Social Research (1994).

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PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • Law and Society; Beem B, Crofts T, Hendrischke H, Howard-Wagner D, Humphrey M, Lambourne W, Lee M, Macdonald G, Martin G, O'Brien K, O'Malley P, Park S, Piper N, Scott Bray R, Van Krieken R, Winter B; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2007

  • RIHSS research clusters; Van Krieken R; RIHSS (Inter-disciplinary research networks and clusters)/RIHSS Internal Research Grant Allocations.

2006

  • Civilizing divorce: Social change, law and the transformation of parenthood; Van Krieken R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2004

  • Impact of Economic Policies & Process on Children & Young People; Van Krieken R, Carney T, Brennan D, Cass B; NSW Commission for Children & Young people/Consultancy Project.

2003

  • Legal reasoning as a field of knowledge production: law and social science; Van Krieken R; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).

2000

  • The stolen generations: implications for Australian civilisation, citizenship and governance; Van Krieken R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Large Research Grants (LRG).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Van Krieken, R., Habibis, D., Smith, P., Hutchins, B., Martin, G., Maton, K. (2014). Sociology: Themes and perspectives, 5th edition. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2012). Celebrity society. Oxon: Routledge.
  • Loughlan, P., McDonald, B., Van Krieken, R. (2010). Celebrity and the Law. Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Van Krieken, R., Habibis, D., Smith, P., Hutchins, B., Maton, K., Martin, G. (2010). Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R., Havemann, T. (2002). Nobert Elias. Denmark: Hans Reitzels Forlag.

Book Chapters

  • Van Krieken, R. (2014). Norbert Elias and Emotions in History. In David Lemmings, Ann Brooks (Eds.), Emotions and Social Change: Historical and Sociological Perspectives, (pp. 19-42). New York, USA: Routledge.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2011). Three faces of civilization: 'In the beginning all the world was Ireland'. In Norman Gabriel, Stephen Mennell (Eds.), Norbert Elias and Figurational Research: Processual Thinking in Sociology, (pp. 24-47). Malden, MA, USA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2010). Reassembling civilization: State-formation, Subjectivity, Security, Power. In Anna Yeatman, Magdalean Zolkos (Eds.), State, Security, and Subject Formation, (pp. 36-49). New York, NY: Continuum.
  • Van Krieken, R., Buhler-Niederberger, D. (2009). Rethinking the Sociology of Childhood: Conflict, Competition and Cooperation in Children's Lives. In Ann Denis & Devorah Kalekin-Fishman (Eds.), The ISA Handbook in Contemporary Sociology, (pp. 185-200). London UK: Sage Publications.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2008). Crime and Social Theory. In Thalia Anthony and Chris Cunneen (Eds.), The Critical Criminology Companion, (pp. 68-79). Sydney, Australia: Hawkins Press.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2008). Cultural Genocide in Australia. In Dan Stone (Eds.), The Historiography of Genocide, (pp. 128-155). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2006). The Ethics of Corporate Legal Personality. In Steward R Clegg & Carl Rhodes (Eds.), Management Ethics: Contemporary Contexts, (pp. 77-96). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2006). The Socio-Legal Construction of the 'Best Interests of the Child': Law's Autonomy, Sociology and Family Law. In Michael Freeman (Eds.), Law and Sociology: Current Legal Issues 2005, (pp. 437-458). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Assimilation and Liberal Government. In Rowse, T (Eds.), Contesting Assimilation, (pp. 39-47). Perth: API Network.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Education. In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Family Life. In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Frech oder schuldig. Wie das Recht ueber die Strafmuendigkeit von Kindern in England, Deutschland und Australien denkt. In Buhler-Niederberger, D (Eds.), Macht der Unschuld: Sas Kind als Chiffre, (pp. 185-225). Wiesbaden: Verlag fuer Sozialwissenschaften.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Organisations and Bureaucracy. In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Power and the State. In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Sex, Gender and Sexuality. In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Social Research. In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Sociological Theory. In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). What is Sociology? In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). When is Child Welfare Cultural Genocide? On the Politics of the Organized 'Improvement' of Children's Lives. In Farnen, R; Dekker, H; Landstheer, C; German, D (Eds.), Democratization, Europeanization and Globalization Trends, (pp. 133-147). Frankfurt: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Van Krieken, R., Krygier, M. (2003). The character of the nation. In Robert Manne (Eds.), Whitewash: On Keith Windschuttle's Fabrication of Aboriginal History, (pp. 81-108). Melbourne: Black Inc.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2003). When is child welfare cultural Genocide? On the politics of the organized 'improvement' of children's lives. In Sunker, Farnen, Szell (Eds.), Political Socialisation, Participation and Education, (pp. 87-112). Germany: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2001). Liberalism and Civilization: between Assimilation and Cultural Genocide. In Christiane K Alsop (Eds.), Bridges Between Disciplines, (pp. 210-228). Germany: Sage Publications.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2001). Norbert Elias and Process Sociology. In George Ritzer and Barry Smart (Eds.), Handbook of Social Theory, (pp. 353-367). United States: Sage Publications.

Journals

  • Van Krieken, R. (2012). Between assimilation and multiculturalism: models of integration in Australia. Patterns of Prejudice, 46(5), 500-517. [More Information]
  • Van Krieken, R. (2012). We Have Never Been Multicultural. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, 41(4), 466-469. [More Information]
  • Van Krieken, R. (2011). Kumarangk (Hindmarsh Island) and the Politics of Natural Justice under Settler-Colonialism. Law and Social Inquiry, 36(1), 125-149. [More Information]
  • Van Krieken, R. (2010). Childhood in Australian Sociology and Society. Current Sociology, 58(2), 232-249. [More Information]
  • Van Krieken, R. (2008). Cultural genocide reconsidered. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 12(Special Edition), 76-81.
  • Buhler-Niederberger, D., Van Krieken, R. (2008). Persisting Inequalities: Childhood between global influences and local traditions. Childhood: a global journal of child research, 15(2), 147-155.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2006). Law's Autonomy in Action: Anthropology and History in Court. Social and Legal Studies, 15(4), 574-590.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Occidental Self-Understanding and the Elias-Duerr Dispute: 'Thick' versus 'Thin' Conceptions of Human Subjectivity and Civilization. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 13, 273-281.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). The 'Best Interests of the Child' and Parental Separation: on the 'Civilizing of Parents'. The Modern Law Review, 68(1), 25-48.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2004). Decline And Fall. Meanjin, 63(4), 53-58.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2004). Rethinking Cultural Genocide: Aboriginal Child Removal and Settler-Colonial State Formation. Oceania, 75(2), 125-151.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2002). Reshaping civilization: Liberalism between Assimilation and Cultural Genocide. Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdshrift, , 215-247.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2002). The paradox of the 'two sociologies': Hobbes, Latour and the Constitution of modern social theory. Journal of Sociology, 38(3), 255-273.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2001). Is Assimilation Justiciable. Sydney Law Review, Vol 23, No. 2 June 2001, 239-260.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2001). Legal Informalism, Power and Liberal Governance. Social and Legal Studies, 10, 5-22.

Conferences

  • Browne, C., Van Krieken, R., Edwards, K., Watson, V. (2001). Tasa 2001. TASA 2001, : World Scientific Publishing.

Reference Works

  • Van Krieken, R. (2007). Civilizing Process. In George Ritzer (Eds.), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. (Vol. II C, pp. 529-533). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2007). Liberal technologies of regulation. In Stewart Clegg & James R. Bailey (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. London, UK: Sage Publications.

2014

  • Van Krieken, R. (2014). Norbert Elias and Emotions in History. In David Lemmings, Ann Brooks (Eds.), Emotions and Social Change: Historical and Sociological Perspectives, (pp. 19-42). New York, USA: Routledge.
  • Van Krieken, R., Habibis, D., Smith, P., Hutchins, B., Martin, G., Maton, K. (2014). Sociology: Themes and perspectives, 5th edition. Sydney: Pearson Education.

2012

  • Van Krieken, R. (2012). Between assimilation and multiculturalism: models of integration in Australia. Patterns of Prejudice, 46(5), 500-517. [More Information]
  • Van Krieken, R. (2012). Celebrity society. Oxon: Routledge.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2012). We Have Never Been Multicultural. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, 41(4), 466-469. [More Information]

2011

  • Van Krieken, R. (2011). Kumarangk (Hindmarsh Island) and the Politics of Natural Justice under Settler-Colonialism. Law and Social Inquiry, 36(1), 125-149. [More Information]
  • Van Krieken, R. (2011). Three faces of civilization: 'In the beginning all the world was Ireland'. In Norman Gabriel, Stephen Mennell (Eds.), Norbert Elias and Figurational Research: Processual Thinking in Sociology, (pp. 24-47). Malden, MA, USA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

2010

  • Loughlan, P., McDonald, B., Van Krieken, R. (2010). Celebrity and the Law. Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2010). Childhood in Australian Sociology and Society. Current Sociology, 58(2), 232-249. [More Information]
  • Van Krieken, R. (2010). Reassembling civilization: State-formation, Subjectivity, Security, Power. In Anna Yeatman, Magdalean Zolkos (Eds.), State, Security, and Subject Formation, (pp. 36-49). New York, NY: Continuum.
  • Van Krieken, R., Habibis, D., Smith, P., Hutchins, B., Maton, K., Martin, G. (2010). Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.

2009

  • Van Krieken, R., Buhler-Niederberger, D. (2009). Rethinking the Sociology of Childhood: Conflict, Competition and Cooperation in Children's Lives. In Ann Denis & Devorah Kalekin-Fishman (Eds.), The ISA Handbook in Contemporary Sociology, (pp. 185-200). London UK: Sage Publications.

2008

  • Van Krieken, R. (2008). Crime and Social Theory. In Thalia Anthony and Chris Cunneen (Eds.), The Critical Criminology Companion, (pp. 68-79). Sydney, Australia: Hawkins Press.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2008). Cultural Genocide in Australia. In Dan Stone (Eds.), The Historiography of Genocide, (pp. 128-155). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2008). Cultural genocide reconsidered. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 12(Special Edition), 76-81.
  • Buhler-Niederberger, D., Van Krieken, R. (2008). Persisting Inequalities: Childhood between global influences and local traditions. Childhood: a global journal of child research, 15(2), 147-155.

2007

  • Van Krieken, R. (2007). Civilizing Process. In George Ritzer (Eds.), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. (Vol. II C, pp. 529-533). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2007). Liberal technologies of regulation. In Stewart Clegg & James R. Bailey (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. London, UK: Sage Publications.

2006

  • Van Krieken, R. (2006). Law's Autonomy in Action: Anthropology and History in Court. Social and Legal Studies, 15(4), 574-590.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2006). The Ethics of Corporate Legal Personality. In Steward R Clegg & Carl Rhodes (Eds.), Management Ethics: Contemporary Contexts, (pp. 77-96). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2006). The Socio-Legal Construction of the 'Best Interests of the Child': Law's Autonomy, Sociology and Family Law. In Michael Freeman (Eds.), Law and Sociology: Current Legal Issues 2005, (pp. 437-458). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2005

  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Assimilation and Liberal Government. In Rowse, T (Eds.), Contesting Assimilation, (pp. 39-47). Perth: API Network.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Education. In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Family Life. In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Frech oder schuldig. Wie das Recht ueber die Strafmuendigkeit von Kindern in England, Deutschland und Australien denkt. In Buhler-Niederberger, D (Eds.), Macht der Unschuld: Sas Kind als Chiffre, (pp. 185-225). Wiesbaden: Verlag fuer Sozialwissenschaften.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Occidental Self-Understanding and the Elias-Duerr Dispute: 'Thick' versus 'Thin' Conceptions of Human Subjectivity and Civilization. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 13, 273-281.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Organisations and Bureaucracy. In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Power and the State. In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Sex, Gender and Sexuality. In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Social Research. In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). Sociological Theory. In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). The 'Best Interests of the Child' and Parental Separation: on the 'Civilizing of Parents'. The Modern Law Review, 68(1), 25-48.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). What is Sociology? In R.van Krieken, D.Habibis, P.Smith, B.Hutchins (Eds.), Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2005). When is Child Welfare Cultural Genocide? On the Politics of the Organized 'Improvement' of Children's Lives. In Farnen, R; Dekker, H; Landstheer, C; German, D (Eds.), Democratization, Europeanization and Globalization Trends, (pp. 133-147). Frankfurt: Peter Lang Publishing.

2004

  • Van Krieken, R. (2004). Decline And Fall. Meanjin, 63(4), 53-58.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2004). Rethinking Cultural Genocide: Aboriginal Child Removal and Settler-Colonial State Formation. Oceania, 75(2), 125-151.

2003

  • Van Krieken, R., Krygier, M. (2003). The character of the nation. In Robert Manne (Eds.), Whitewash: On Keith Windschuttle's Fabrication of Aboriginal History, (pp. 81-108). Melbourne: Black Inc.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2003). When is child welfare cultural Genocide? On the politics of the organized 'improvement' of children's lives. In Sunker, Farnen, Szell (Eds.), Political Socialisation, Participation and Education, (pp. 87-112). Germany: Peter Lang Publishing.

2002

  • Van Krieken, R., Havemann, T. (2002). Nobert Elias. Denmark: Hans Reitzels Forlag.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2002). Reshaping civilization: Liberalism between Assimilation and Cultural Genocide. Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdshrift, , 215-247.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2002). The paradox of the 'two sociologies': Hobbes, Latour and the Constitution of modern social theory. Journal of Sociology, 38(3), 255-273.

2001

  • Van Krieken, R. (2001). Is Assimilation Justiciable. Sydney Law Review, Vol 23, No. 2 June 2001, 239-260.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2001). Legal Informalism, Power and Liberal Governance. Social and Legal Studies, 10, 5-22.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2001). Liberalism and Civilization: between Assimilation and Cultural Genocide. In Christiane K Alsop (Eds.), Bridges Between Disciplines, (pp. 210-228). Germany: Sage Publications.
  • Van Krieken, R. (2001). Norbert Elias and Process Sociology. In George Ritzer and Barry Smart (Eds.), Handbook of Social Theory, (pp. 353-367). United States: Sage Publications.
  • Browne, C., Van Krieken, R., Edwards, K., Watson, V. (2001). Tasa 2001. TASA 2001, : World Scientific Publishing.

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