Jack Barbalet

Visiting Fellow


BA (Flinders), BA Hons (Adelaide), PhD (Adelaide)

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Jack Barbalet is currently Professor of Sociology in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian Catholic University and concurrently a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change, Australian National University. His first academic appointment was in Economics at the University of Papua New Guinea and the longest held in Sociology at the Australian National University. Since then, he has been successively Professor of Sociology at the University of Leicester and Chair Professor in Sociology at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Research Interests
Barbalet’s research is focussed on a number of themes, including social solidarity, social interaction, and institutionalization. These are explored across various sub-fields of sociology, including political sociology, economic sociology, the sociology of emotions and the sociology of modern China. In research on China a sociological apprehension of guanxi has become dominant (see, for example, The Analysis of Chinese Rural Society: Fei Xiaotong Revisited, Modern China (2020); Guanxi as Social Exchange: Emotions, Power and Corruption, Sociology (2018); Dyadic Characteristics of Guanxi and their Consequences, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour (2017); Guanxi, Tie Strength and Network Attributes, American Behavioral Scientist (2015); The Structure of Guanxi: Resolving Problems of Network Assurance, Theory and Society (2014).

Key Publications
Guanxi and Chinese Society, Oxford University Press (forthcoming); Confucianism and the Chinese Self: Re-examining Max Weber’s China, Palgrave/Macmillan (2017); Marx’s Construction of Social Theory, Routledge (2015); eligion and the State: A Comparative Sociology, Anthem Press (2013, co-editor); Weber, Passion and Profits: ‘The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism’ in Context, Cambridge University Press (2011); Emotions and Sociology, Blackwell (2002, editor); Emotion, Social Theory, and Social Structure, Cambridge University Press (2001).

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