Emeritus Professor Barry Hindess

Emeritus Professor Barry Hindess

Position: Emeritus Professor
School and/or Centres: School of Politics & International Relations

Email: Barry.hindess@anu.edu.au


BA maths (oxford), MA social science (Liverpool), PhD sociology (Liverpool)

After many years as a sociologist in Britain Barry Hindess moved to the Australian National University in 1987 and then to ANU’s Research School of Social Sciences, where he learned to pass as a political scientist. He is now Emeritus Professor in ANU’s School of Social Sciences. Like many senior academics he has published more than he cares to remember, including Discourses of Power: from Hobbes to Foucault, Governing Australia: studies in contemporary rationalities of government (with Mitchell Dean), Corruption and Democracy in Australia, Us and them: elites and anti-elitism in Australia (with Marian Sawer)and papers on neo-liberalism, liberalism and empire and the temporalizing of difference.

Postcolonialism, liberalism and imperialism, history of political thought

Completing the following books: 1. liberal government (draws on Foucault’s discussion of liberalism to argue that a focus on the practices of liberal government undermines the view that liberals are committed to the promotion of individual liberty.) 2. Time and the others. (Western political thought tends to treat non-Western peoples as if they were living in a version of the Western past. This book examines the sources and effects of this destructive habit) 3.The Cost of Kant- edited with r.j.b. walker ( modern political theory and IR theory celebrates the work of Immanual Kant. The book examines the positive and negative effects of this celebrsation)

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