Professor Jack Barbalet - Institute for Religion Politics & Society (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

Jack Barbalet is an internationally acclaimed sociologist who has held professorial appointments in Australia, England and Hong Kong. His first academic position was lecturer in economics at the University of Papua New Guinea and his longest held appointment was in sociology at the Australian National University. He has contributed to a number of areas of sociology, including sociological theory, political sociology, the sociology of emotions and economic sociology. His current research concerns aspects of mainland Chinese society, especially guanxi, as well as connected themes in Chinese and Japanese religions.


Phone :+61392308195 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

Political Sociology ; Economic Sociology ; Sociology of Emotions ; Sociological Theory ; Sociology of China ;

Methods Expertise

Qualitative Analysis ; Conceptual analysis ; Comparative Analysis ; Historical Analysis ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


'Magic and Reformation Calvinism in Max Weber's Sociology'., in European Journal of Social Theory. 21(4): 470-87.

'Guanxi as Social Exchange: Emotions, Power and Corruption'. , in Sociology. 52(5): 934-49.


Confucianism and the Chinese Self: Re-examining Max Weber's China., in London: Palgrave/Macmillan.


Weber, Passion and Profits: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism in Context. , in Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Emotion, Social Theory, and Social Structure: A Macro-sociological Approach. , in Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.