Articles by: Grazyna Zajdow

Author Biography:

Grazyna Zajdow is Associate Professor of Sociology at Deakin University where she has taught for many years. Her research interests have been the experience and social effects of drugs and alcohol and feminist sociology. She was a co-editor of Arena Magazine and is Associate Editor of Arena (third series).

Report from Poland: Ukrainian Refugees and a Tangled History

The Polish government immediately granted temporary rights to the refugees, giving them employment, health and education support for eighteen months.

Kettling for COVID: Police and protest in Melbourne

…police forces everywhere have been militarising their equipment, procedures and general outlook. They have been taking on the strategies of special operations forces, influenced by discourses of terrorism, learning new and terrifying tactics…

Suicide spikes and moral panic

…the modelling of potential suicides uses some of the actual experience of unemployment and suicide to underscore its figures, but it completely omits the sociological and historical understanding of a community’s reaction to a major social event such as a war or pandemic.

Constructing Melbourne’s COVID Pariahs

The latest spike of cases in the west and north of Melbourne allows the rest of Melbourne to construct COVID as a disease of migrants and the irresponsible casual workforce…

Some (Un)intended Consequences

Without genuine oversight, openness and critique, this pandemic might change our social world in ways that are undesirable at best, and frightening at worst.

Informit: Television scenes from a brothel [Book Review]

Review(s) of: Harlots, by (Monumental Pictures, 2017-19); The Deuce, by (Blown Deadline Productions, 2017-19).

Informit: Violent men [Book Review]

Review(s) of: See what you made me do, by Jess Hill (Allen and Unwin, 2019).

Informit: The artist under totalitarianism

Review(s) of: Never look away, by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2018.

Informit: Story and storytelling [Book Review]

Review(s) of: La reprise: Histoire(s) du theatre (1), by Milo Rau (NTGent, 2019).

Teaching to the SET, by Grazyna Zajdow

The student as consumer and monitoring academic staff

Informit: Teaching to the set

An article in the 26 July issue of 'Times Higher Education' holds some interest for academics, educationalists and others concerned with the increased managerialism of the contemporary university. A long-running dispute between the Canadian academics' union and Ryerson University went into arbitration, with the arbitrator finding that student evaluations of teaching (SETs) could no longer be used for promotion and tenure because SETs are imperfect, unreliable and 'downright biased'.

Informit: The temper of the time

Review(s) of: Midnight oil: 1984, by Ray Argall, 2018.