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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is home to exceptional teachers, researchers and writers who publish their diverse work in books, essays, chapters and research journals. Explore a selection of our recent publications.

Education and Social Work

Book cover of Jean Blackburn: Education, feminism and social justice

Jean Blackburn: Education, feminism and social justice

By Craig Campbell and Debra Hayes, Monash University Publishing, 2019

Jean Blackburn provided the policy inspiration for two Karmel reports reorganising Australian education in the 1970s and 1980s. She powered the Disadvantaged Schools Program for the Australian Schools Commission, co-wrote Girls, School and Society (1976) and chaired The Blackburn Report for the Victorian government in the 1980s. She was a feminist whose social justice commitments evolved from the life story revealed in this recently published biography. Find out more.

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Knowledge and global power: Making new sciences in the south

By Fran Collyer, Raewyn Connell, Joao Maia, Robert Morrell, Monash University Publishing, 2019

A groundbreaking, international, sociological study examining how academic knowledge production is shaped by asymmetries of power between the global north and south. Leveraging feminist and postcolonial critiques, the authors investigate how knowledge is constituted, disseminated and validated. This work explores questions of global hegemony, strategies of participation, tensions in the economy of knowledge, and the juxtaposition of local knowledges with northern-dominated structures. Find out more.

Social and Political Sciences

Book cover: Carbon Markets in a Climate-Changing Capitalism

Carbon markets in a climate-changing capitalism

By Gareth Bryant, Monash University Publishing, 2019

Market solutions to climate change promise to deliver incremental pathways towards sustainability by pricing and trading nature. This book draws on the experience of European emissions trading and international carbon offsetting to explore the limits of market-based climate policy. It develops new ways of understanding of the co-production of capitalism and climate change, and points towards the viability and necessity of more targeted, democratic and transformative climate action. Find out more.

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Global environmental governance and the accountability trap

By Susan Park, Teresa Kramarz; MIT Press, 2019

Accountability is a buzzword for improving global governance. Yet it comes from public conceptions of accountability, while efforts to govern the global environment cut across public, private and voluntary institutions. For global environmental governance to be accountable it needs to be able to hold those governing the environment responsible and answerable for establishing governing institutions as well as for how they intervene to protect the environment. Find out more.

Economics

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Estimation of longrun variance of continuous time stochastic process using discrete sample

Ye Lu, Park, J; Journal of Econometrics, 210(2), 236-267

This paper develops the methodology and statistical theory for the long-run variance (LRV) estimation for continuous-time models which have broad application in modern economic and financial research. The long-run variance estimation is known to be difficult in spite of its prevalent presence in many empirical problems, and providing a consistent estimation procedure is crucial for making credible inference. In this paper, we propose a consistent LRV estimator when the data is driven by a continuous-time process, and provide a new framework to analyse the behaviours of existing estimators when data are sampled as increasingly high frequency. Find out more.

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The effect of changing financial incentives on repartnering

By Hayley Fisher, Zhu, A; The Economic Journal, Volume 129, Issue 10, October 2019, pp 2833–66

Australian welfare reforms in 2006 were meant to promote work among lone mothers. This paper uses administrative welfare payment records to show that the reforms had an unintended side-effect: a six percentage point (64 per cent) increase in the chance of having found a new partner within six months after separation. When low-income lone mothers have less financial support from the government, they may be more likely to turn to alternative sources of income, including that of a new partner, instead of finding work. Find out more.

Philosophical and historical inquiry

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Moment of truth: History and Australia's future

Mark McKenna, Quarterly Essay 69, Black Inc, 2019

In this inspiring essay, Mark McKenna considers the role of history in making and unmaking the nation. From Captain Cook to the frontier wars, from Australia Day to the Uluru Statement, we are seeing passionate debates and fresh recognitions. McKenna argues that it is time to move beyond the history wars, and that truth-telling about the past will be liberating and healing. Find out more.

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Questioning performance management: Metrics, organizations and power

Guy Redden, Sage Publishing, 2019

This book charts the rise of performance measurement since the 1980s, questioning its methods and objectivity. It examines the role of performance metrics in shareholder-value capitalism and marketisation of the public sector, and argues that the practice has a power to reshape organisations that deserves critical scrutiny. Find out more.

Languages and cultures

Book cover: Minority stages

Minority stages: Sino-Indonesian performance and public display

Josh Stenberg, University of Hawai’i Press, 2019

This book offers new perspectives on historical and contemporary Sino-Indonesian performance. For the first time in a major study, this community’s diverse performance practices are brought together as a family of genres. Combining fieldwork with evidence from Indonesian, Chinese, and Dutch primary and secondary sources, Josh Stenberg takes a close look at Chinese Indonesian self-representation, covering genres from the Dutch colonial period to the present day. Find out more.

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From migrant to worker: Global unions and temporary labor migration in Asia

Michele Ford, Cornell University Press, April 2019

This book examines local unions’ evolving responses to temporary labour migration in Asia. The shift in unions’ attitude and practice has been greatest in the destination countries where structural ties and financial flows give the international labour movement most influence. At the same time, individual unions’ capacity to service, organise or advocate for migrant workers is determined by their internal characteristics and specific national context – and their willingness to do so by their own internal politics and strategic decision-making processes. Find out more.

Literature, art and media

Book cover: Sharing news online

Sharing news online: Commendary cultures and social media news ecologies

Fiona Martin and Timothy Dwyer, Palgrave MacMillan, 2019

Online news can travel far and fast. Yet in the last decade social media news sharing has not only transformed the distribution of journalism, but also how it is created, seen and valued. This work explores the cultural politics and political economics of news sharing to understand how the social media giants are reshaping the news media internationally. They trace the emergence of commendary cultures on early digital platforms, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit, the rise of automation, analytics and the metadata commodity, and the impact of affective capitalism on news-making and consumption. Find out more.

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Coral empire: Underwater oceans, colonial tropics, visual modernity

Ann Elias, Duke University Press, 2019

In the 1920s, John Ernest Williamson at the Bahamas and Frank Hurley at the Great Barrier Reef of Australia were determined to turn the alien, fetishised, underwater realm of coral reefs into a media spectacle. Using aquarium-based technologies they produced animal visualisations and other imagery that served both science and knowledge, as well art and entertainment. But this also involved the subordination of ocean peoples and an often excessive extraction of marine animals. This is a study not only of visual culture and social history but also of the past through the lens of the Anthropocene. Find out more.

Visual arts

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