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Steven Threadgold is Head of Discipline, Sociology and Anthropology, in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Newcastle. He was convenor of the TASA Sociology of Youth thematic group from 2011 to 2013 and Academic Editor of Youth Studies Australia in 2011-12. Steve’s research interests focus on inequality and youth, especially the interplay between class, risks and governmental discourses. He is especially interested in new forms of cultural and symbolic capitals that shape inequalities both within nation states and between them. Recent research projects have investigated the recruitment and experiences of young Balinese in the global cruise ship industry; the emergence of DIY subcultural careers; and a longitudinal study that is investigating whether the ambitions some young Australians nominated in high school have come to fruition, whether the obstacles they identified have blocked their progress towards life goals and the unforeseen ‘game changing moments’ in their lives. His latest work analyses the ways floating signifiers such as ‘hipster’ and ‘bogan’ elicit the formations of class distinctions in youth cultures whilst eschewing the very notion of class.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Sociology/Anthropology), University of Newcastle, 01/10/2009
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle, 13/12/2002
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle, 07/12/2001

Research

Research keywords

  • Bourdieu
  • Class
  • Inequality
  • Social theory
  • Sociology
  • Youth
  • Youth Culture
  • Youth Transitions

Research expertise

Sociology of youth; socio-economic inequality; social and cultural theories of class; risk, individualisation and reflexivity; consumerism; popular music and popular culture; media; sport; environmental issues; social theory, in particular the works of Pierre Bourdieu.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160800Sociology100

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - The Australian Sociological Association

Editorial Board.

  • Editor - Youth Studies Australia
  • Editor - Journal of Youth Studies

Awards

Recognition.

2012Well Regarded Lecturer Award
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Student vote
2011Well Regarded Lecturer Award
University of Newcastle (Australia)
student vote
2009Excellence Award for Teaching
University of Newcastle (Australia)
School of Humanities and Social Science Excellence Award for Teaching 2009
2009Research Higher Degree Publications Award
University of Newcastle (Australia)
School of Humanities and Social Science Research Higher Degree Publications Award 2009
2008Student Forum Nomination for 'Lecturers of High Regard'
Un (Australia)
Humanities and Social Sciences Student Forum Nomination for 'Lecturers of High Regard' 2008
2003Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Ph.D. Scholarship 2003-2006
2003University Medal
University of Newcastle (Australia)
University Medal 2003
2001 Summer Vacation Undergraduate Honours Scholarship
University of Newcastle (Australia)
University of Newcastle Summer Vacation Undergraduate Honours Scholarship 2001-2002
2001Pro-Vice Chancellor's Award
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Pro-Vice Chancellor's Award 2001
2001John Docker Prize for Cultural Studies
University of Newcastle (Australia)
John Docker Prize for Cultural Studies 2001
2000Dean's Award
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Dean's Award 2000
1999Dean's Commendation List
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Dean's Commendation List 1999

Invitations

Should I pitch my tent in the middle ground?" A Reflexive Response to Woodman's Middling Tendency in Youth Sociology
he Australian Sociological Association (TASA), Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2009
Stumbling towards Collapse: Health Implications
TASA Conference Health Day, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2009
Youth, Habitus and Perceptions of Risk
The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2008

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Consumerism
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Popular Culture
  • Social Theory
  • Society and Culture
  • Youth Sociology
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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Threadgold SR, Nilan PM, 'Reflexivity of contemporary youth, risk and cultural capital', Current Sociology, 57 47-68 (2009) [C1]
2011Threadgold SR, 'Should I pitch my tent in the middle ground? On 'middling tendency', Beck and inequality in youth sociology', Journal of Youth Studies, 14 381-393 (2011) [C1]
2010Leahy TS, Bowden VM, Threadgold SR, 'Stumbling towards collapse: Coming to terms with the climate crisis', Environmental Politics, 19 851-868 (2010) [C1]

Publications

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Journal article (8 outputs)

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2012Threadgold SR, ''I reckon my life will be easy, but my kids will be buggered': Ambivalence in young people's positive perceptions of individual futures and their visions of environmental collapse', Journal of Youth Studies, 15 17-32 (2012) [C1]
2011Threadgold SR, 'Should I pitch my tent in the middle ground? On 'middling tendency', Beck and inequality in youth sociology', Journal of Youth Studies, 14 381-393 (2011) [C1]
2011Artini LP, Nilan PM, Threadgold SR, 'Young Indonesian cruise workers, symbolic violence and international class relations', Asian Social Science, 7 3-14 (2011) [C1]
2011Woodman D, Threadgold SR, 'The future of the sociology of youth: Institutional, theoretical and methodological challenges', Youth Studies Australia, 30 8-12 (2011) [C1]
2011Threadgold SR, 'Guest Editor: Special Issue', Youth Studies Australia, 30 (2011) [C6]
2010Leahy TS, Bowden VM, Threadgold SR, 'Stumbling towards collapse: Coming to terms with the climate crisis', Environmental Politics, 19 851-868 (2010) [C1]
2009Threadgold SR, Nilan PM, 'Reflexivity of contemporary youth, risk and cultural capital', Current Sociology, 57 47-68 (2009) [C1]
2004Nilan PM, Threadgold SR, 'Young People, Habitus and Opinions about Politics', Melbourne Journal of Politics, 29 96-1113 (2004) [C1]

Co-authors: PAMELA NILAN

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Review (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Threadgold S, 'The making of a generation: The children of the 1970s in adulthood', Youth Studies Australia (2013) [C3]
2010Threadgold S, Leahy T, ''The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of Realpolitik and Climate Change' (2010) [C2]
2006Threadgold S, 'Review of S. Taylor (2006) False Prophet: Field Notes from the Punk Underground', Perfect Beat: the Pacific journal of research into contemporary music and popular culture (2006) [C3]
2004Threadgold S, 'Review of J. DeRogatis 'Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the 90s'', Perfect Beat: the Pacific journal of research into contemporary music and popular culture (2004) [C3]
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Conference (19 outputs)

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2014Threadgold SR, 'Figurative Methods: Towards ¿Bridging the Gap¿ between ¿Transition¿ and ¿Cultures¿ Research', Theme VI.1 The Youth Research Journey and How to Address It: Method and Ethics, Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan (2014)
2014Threadgold SR, 'Global Reflexive Hipsters vs. Local Abject Bogans: Towards understanding Affective Inequalities in Youth Cultures', Theme I.3 Towards a Comparative Sociology of Youth: Alternative Frameworks and Empirical Advances, Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan (2014)
2013Threadgold SR, 'Hipsters vs. Bogans: Classification Struggles in the Field of Representation', Youth: Culture, Identity, Education & Lifestyle: A Symposium. Griffith University, Southbank Campus, Brisbane., Griffith University (2013) [E3]
2013Threadgold SR, 'Parody and Satire as Sites of Affective Inequalities: The Figures of Hipster and Bogan', Emerging Priorities in the Sociology of Youth, TASA Youth Thematic Group Symposium, University of Melbourne (2013) [E3]
2013Threadgold SR, 'Figurative Methods and Affective Inequalities: Reflexive 'Hipsters' and Abject 'Bogans'', TASA Conference 2013, Monash University (2013) [E3]
2012Threadgold SR, 'Ambivalence and distinction in young people's perceptions of risk', The Second ISA Forum of Sociology: Social Justice & Democratization Book of Abstracts, Buenos Aires (2012) [E3]
2012Threadgold SR, 'Cosmopolitan class? Cruise ship training and employment in South East Asia and transnational class inequality', The Second ISA Forum of Sociology: Social Justice & Democratization Book of Abstracts, Buenos Aires (2012) [E3]
2012Threadgold SR, 'Expectations and reality of young people's ambitions: Preliminary observations', TASA 2012 Conference: Emerging and Enduring Inequalities Abstracts, Brisbane (2012) [E3]
2012Threadgold SR, 'Using Bourdieu in reflexive modernity: Scattered remarks', Youth Cultures, Transitions, Belongings: Bridging the Gap in Youth Research, Brisbane (2012) [E3]
2012Threadgold SR, 'Independent music scenes, DIY careers and forms of capital in Newcastle', Youth Cultures, Transitions, Belongings: Bridging the Gap in Youth Research, Brisbane (2012) [E3]
2012Nilan PM, Threadgold SR, 'The moral economy of the mosh pit: Straight edge, reflexivity and classification struggles', Youth Cultures & Subcultures: Australian Perspectives Symposium, Brisbane (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: PAMELA NILAN

2012Threadgold SR, '(Sub)cultural capital, DIY careers and transferability: Towards maintaining 'reproduction' in the use of Bourdieu', Youth Cultures & Subcultures: Australian Perspectives Symposium, Brisbane (2012) [E3]
2011Nilan PM, Threadgold SR, 'Cruising into adulthood: Theorising young Indonesians and tourist liner service work', Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: PAMELA NILAN

2011Threadgld S, Kirby E, Germov J, 'Local Lives/Global Networks. Edited Volume of Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association Conference. The University of Newcastle: Australia. ISBN: 978-0-646-56779-', Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association Conference. The University of Newcastle: Australia, The University of Newcastle: Australia (2011) [E3]
2010Threadgold SR, 'Disjuncture as governmentality: Two track thinking in young people's visions of the future', 2010 TASA Conference. List of Abstracts, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]
2007Threadgold SR, 'Youth, habitus and attitudes towards class', TASA & SAANZ Joint Conference Proceedings, Auckland, New Zealand (2007) [E1]
2006Threadgold S, ''Habitus, Governmentality and Young People's Engagement with September 11'', Australasian Political Studies Association Conference: YOUTH & POLITICS Stream, University of Newcastle (2006) [E1]
2004Nilan PM, Threadgold SR, 'How do young people define the good life? Comparing data from Australia, Fiji and Indonesia', TASA 2004 Conference Proceedings, La Trobe University (2004) [E1]

Co-authors: PAMELA NILAN

2003Threadgold S, Nilan P, 'Using Bourdieu to look at Young People and Politics'' (2003) [E1]
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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Threadgold SR, '"Hard Work is my Friend": The Personal and Social Benefits of Building Green Central', Youth Connections: Department of Human Services, 24 (2013) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
Total funding$107,659

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2015 (1 grants)

Intergenerational attitudes of changing land use$49,923
Funding Body: NSW Department of Primary Industries

Project Team
Doctor Hedda Askland, Doctor David Farrugia, Doctor Meg Sherval, Dr Julia Coffey, Doctor Steven Threadgold, Dr MICHAEL Askew
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$49,92320152015
GNo:G1401491

2014 (3 grants)

FEDUA ECR Fellowships $16,500
Funding Body: Faculty of Educatiuon and Arts, University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$16,50020142014
GNo:184825465

Network for Youth Research Outside the Northern Metropole$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Professor Pamela Nilan, Doctor Steven Threadgold, Conjoint Professor Andy Furlong, Doctor David Farrugia, Doctor Julia Coffey, Doctor Hedda Askland, Dr LENA Rodriguez
SchemeRole
Strategic Networks GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020142014
GNo:G1400957

The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), University of South Australia, Adelaide, 24 - 27 November 2014$1,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Steven Threadgold
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,00020142014
GNo:G1401251

2013 (1 grants)

From Subculture to Career? DIY Economies and Network Capital$8,827
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Steven Threadgold
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$8,82720132013
GNo:G1301142

2012 (1 grants)

Where are they now/Youth Connections (funded by Enterprise Connect)$12,598
Funding Body: Newcastle Innovation

Project Team
Doctor Steven Threadgold
SchemeRole
Administered ResearchChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,59820122012
GNo:G1300624

2011 (1 grants)

Expectations and reality of Young People's Ambitions: A longitudinal Study Based in Newcastle$3,811
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Steven Threadgold
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,81120112011
GNo:G1000972
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions9
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL4.3

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorAn Exploration of Creative Self-Making Practices and Identity Construction Among Young, Queer Women in Australian and UK Punk Spaces
20142018PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorConsidering Child Protection in Australia Beyond the Neo-Liberal Frame
20142018PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorA Critical Exploration of the Behaviour of Young People Online: The Creation of Networked Selves, Resilience and Cyberbullying
20142018PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Principal SupervisorThe Australian Correctional Officer: Emotion and Humour in Prison Work
20142017PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorMoral Panics and Intergenerational Conflict
20132017PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorCreative Musicians in Three Indonesian Cities: Making Transition to Adulthood through Entrepreneurial Activities and Mobility
20132021PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorLiving on Welfare
20112015PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorDangerous Ascents: A Critical Exploration of Adventure Climbing in Reflexive Modernity
20102014PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorHunter Business Leaders Response to Climate Change

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Politics)Co-SupervisorGoverning the Facebook Self: Social Network Sites and Neoliberal Subjects
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Dr Steven Threadgold

Work Phone(02) 4921 5919
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaSociology and Anthropology
Office
W317,
Behavioural Science,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/steven-threadgold