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 participants: carol johnson
 Carol Johnson
Associate Professor
Politics Discipline
The University of Adelaide

Research Activity
'Heteronormative citizenship - an analysis of the ways in which conceptions of citizen identities, rights, entitlements and obligations privilege heterosexuality', University of Adelaide Small Research Grant: $8,600(2001)

My research work has unusual breadth since it covers three fields: Australian politics, political theory and gender politics (including sexuality). My core interest, which connects these diverse fields, is analysing relevant aspects of ideology and discourse in Australian political culture e.g. analysing the ideologies of Australian governments, analysing gendered discourse. One particularly original aspect of my work lies in critically assessing the utility of diverse, political/social/cultural theoretical approaches for these analyses. My first sole-authored book The Labor Legacy: Curtin, Chifley, Whitlam, Hawke (1989), and subsequent articles on Labor, sparked major discussions by critiquing the common view that economic rationalism marked a definitive break with Labor tradition. My latest book, Governing Change: From Keating to Howard analyses government discourse on issues ranging from economic and welfare policy, gender, race and ethnicity to new information technology. As my list of publications shows, the relevance of my Australian work to international debates, for example on the new politics of the right or gender and democratisation, has been clearly recognised by the inclusion of my work in major international collections on those themes. (I am also currently writing two papers on Right-Wing populism with retired German academic Hans-Georg Betz and Steve Patten from the University of Alberta). My work on gender has also been published in international journals such as Feminist Review and Women's Studies International Forum. I am an Associate Editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics. The significance of my broader work on gender to the discipline internationally is also clearly recognised by my being selected to write the 4,500 word entry on 'Gender and feminist studies in political science' for the prestigious, 24 volume International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences. I'm a referee for numerous Australian-based journals but am also asked to be a referee for international journals such as The Women's Studies International Forum, Theory&Event (Johns Hopkins) and the Canadian Journal of Political Science.

The national impact/recognition of my work is clear from my past position as President of the Australasian Political Studies Association, the peak professional organisation for Australasian political scientists; from my secondment to the Research School of Social Sciences at A.N.U.; and from various invitations to give papers e.g. to the Academy of the Social Sciences Election Workshops (1999 and for the 2001 election). I was also invited to present the paper on 'Australian political science and the study of discourse' in the Disciplinary History of Political Science Stream, for the Australasian Political Studies Association's Jubilee 50 Conference at ANU in 2002.

Governing Change: From Keating to Howard, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 2000.

Book Chapters

'The 2001 Election Campaign: The Ideological Context' in Marian Simms and John Warhurst eds, The Centenary Election (University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 2002).

'Labor and the Left' in Paul Nursey-Bray and Carol Bacchi (eds), Left Directions: Is There a Third Way? (University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, 2001).

'The Fragility of Democratic Reform: New Challenges to Australian Women's Citizenship' in Shirin Rai (ed.), International Perspectives on Gender and Democratisation (Macmillan, London/ St. Martin's Press, New York, 2000), pp 182-201.

'John Howard and the Mainstream' in Marian Simms et al. eds, Howard's Agenda (University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 2000), pp 18-24.

with Jean Duruz, 'Mourning at a Distance: Australians and the Death of a British Princess', in Adrian Kear and Deborah Lynn Steinberg (eds), Mourning Diana: Nation, Culture and the Performance of Grief (Routledge, London, 1999).

'Marx's Theory of Ideology: 150 years on' in Geoff Dow and George Lafferty (eds), Everlasting Uncertainty: Interrogating the Communist Manifesto 1848-1998 (Pluto Press, Sydney, 1998), pp. 143-151.

'Pauline Hanson and One Nation', in Hans-Georg Betz and Stefan Immerfall (eds.), New Politics of the Right (St. Martin's Press, New York/Macmillan, London 1998), pp. 211-218.

Journal Articles

'Heteronormative Citizenship: The Howard Government's Views on Gay and Lesbian Issues', In press Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 38, No. 1 2003, pp. 45-61.

'Heteronormative Citizenship and the Politics of Passing', Sexualities, Vol 5, No. 3 (August 2002), pp. 316-336.

'The Dilemmas of Ethnic Privilege: A Comparison of Constructions of "British", "English" and "Anglo-Celtic" Identity in Contemporary British and Australian Political Discourse', Ethnicities, Vol. 2 (2), 2002, pp. 163-188.

with Fran Tonkiss, 'The Third Influence: The Blair Government and Australian Labor', Policy and Politics, Vol. 30, No. 1, (2002), pp. 5-18.

with Ann Curthoys, 'Articulating the Future and the Past: Gender, Race and Globalisation in One Nation Discourse', Hecate, Vol. 24. No. 2 (1998), pp. 92-111.

Publications in refereed conference proceedings

'From the Suburbs: Mark Latham and the ideology of the ALP', Refereed paper presented to the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, University of Tasmania, Hobart 29 September 1 October 2003,

'Australian Political Science and the Study of Discourse', Paper presented in the Disciplinary History of Political Science Stream, APSA 50 Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, 2-4 October 2002. APSA 2002 Refereed Papers, Electronic Proceedings,

'Keating, Howard, Gates and the Politics of Cyberfutures' in Amber Bianchini et al. (eds) Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the Australasian Political Science Association and European Studies Association of New Zealand, (University of Canterbury, 1998), pp. 393-405.

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