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Raewyn Connell is unusual among sociologists for arguing that sociology, at its emergence, had a global sensibility which it then lost in its mid-twentieth-century re-organisation around a canon and preoccupation with ideas of modernisation. She has worked on the core themes of classical sociology, such as class and social status, and has sought to re-orient the discipline through more sustained discussion of ideas of gender, sexuality, and Southern theory. Her work spans the fields of inequalities, masculinities, sociology of intellectuals and, more recently, arguments for Southern theory and a critique of neoliberal economics and politics. She has also been active in contesting the neoliberalisation of higher education in Australia and more generally.





Essential Reading:

Connell, Raewyn. 2014. ‘Rethinking gender from the South,’ Feminist Studies 40 (3): 518-539


Further Reading:

Connell, Raewyn and James W. Messerschmidt. 2005. ‘Hegemonic masculinity: rethinking the concept,’ Gender and Society 19 (6): 829-859

Connell, Raewyn. 2013. ‘The neoliberal cascade and education: an essay on the market agenda and its consequences,’ Critical Studies in Education 54 (2): 99-112



Discuss the ways in which Connell’s focus on ideas of gender and sexuality have enabled a reconsideration of the classical concerns of sociology?

Can Connell be seen as an intersectional theorist?

How does Connell’s focus on neoliberalism fit with her concerns to develop a Southern theory?

What has been the most significant sociological contribution made by Connell? Why?

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  • As an African, I feel we are blessed to have Late President Thomas Sankara who wanted to decolonise the continent of Africa. He came before his time and was never very much appreciated until he was killed. He has some of the answers Africa and her peoples were searching for and still searching for to date.
    The only way we can immortalize and celebrate the remarkable life of this great son of Africa is to request that one day been set aside for him by the AU as “Sankara Day” observed by all countries in the continent and for our brothers and sisters living in the diaspora.
    The killing of Sankara tells us that Africa is still under siege by neo-colonialist forces obsessed with regime change in our continent. Regime change is the new name for imperialism. Africans must resist such unlawful invasion like the one seen in Libya.

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