Sean Scalmer

Sean Scalmer

Sean Scalmer is a Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the field of Australian History and Historical and Philosophical Studies. His published works include On the Stump (2017), Gandhi in the West (2011), The Little History of Australian Unionism (2006), and Dissent Events (2002).

Sean Scalmer reviews 'Class in Australia' edited by Steven Threadgold and Jessica Gerrard

May 2022, no. 442 24 April 2022
Sean Scalmer reviews 'Class in Australia' edited by Steven Threadgold and Jessica Gerrard
To contemplate class in Australia is to be confronted immediately by paradox. Australia has over the past forty years become much more unequal, and yet those institutions formed to contest class inequality – the trade unions and the Labor Party – have become weaker and less militant. The labour movement has largely avoided a language of class as divisive and old-fashioned, and yet right-wing p ... (read more)

Sean Scalmer reviews 'The New Individualism: The Emotional Costs of Globalisation' by Anthony Elliott and Charles Lemert

February 2007, no. 288 01 February 2007
Sean Scalmer reviews 'The New Individualism: The Emotional Costs of Globalisation' by Anthony Elliott and Charles Lemert
Writings on globalisation have so far been of three principal types. First came the fables of discovery: bold, confident and romantic. Next came the stories of resistance: variously decrying the consequences of the new order, or denying that there was anything particularly novel about this globalisation malarkey. More recently, however, we have entered the age of elaboration. These fresher writing ... (read more)