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).

Informit: Alcohol markets and violence

The media, particularly in Sydney, has been running a campaign highlighting the deaths that have come about because of violence in the late night economy of inner Sydney. We have seen distressing images of the results of what has been termed the 'coward's punch' or 'king hits': single blows from behind that generally result in someone (almost invariably male) falling and hitting their head, causing massive brain damage. Interestingly, the everyday violence that is partly…

Informit: Werner Pelz in exile [Book Review]

Review(s) of: Exile: The Lives and Hopes of Werner Pelz, by Roger Averill, (Transit Lounge, Melbourne, 2012).

Informit: Harm reduction for whom?: some guilty thoughts on new drug policies.

Informit: The house I live in

Review(s) of: The house I live in, by Dir. Eugene Jarecki, 2012.

Informit: The war never did end

In her book The Invisible History of the Human Race, science journalist Christine Keneally makes what she thinks is a profound discovery. She quotes economists who found that German cities where anti-Jewish pogroms took place during the Black Death in the fourteenth century were much more likely to experience them again in the 1920s. Emotions such as hatred for particular outsider groups were part of the process of socialisation and of a generational learning of…

Informit: The skin I live in

Review(s) of: The skin I live in, by dir. Pedro Almodovar, 2011.

Informit: Telling us what we already know [Book Review]

Review(s) of: Them and us: Changing Britain - why we need a fair society, by Will Hutton, (Little, Brown and Company, London, 2010).

Informit: Mad bastards

Review(s) of: Mad bastards, by dir. Brendan Fletcher, 2011.

Informit: The life of the righteous [Book Review]

Review(s) of: Righteous dopefiend, by Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2010.

Informit: Travelling to WOMADelaide

I am doing my yearly road trip with my friend Carole. As we have done for the last three years, we drive to Adelaide on Friday and return on Monday. In between we listen and dance to music, and occasionally see some street theatre or art.We feast on what is called WOMADelaide, that music festival begun in England in 1982 by Peter Gabriel. It could be the cynical middle-aged critic's bonanza of bile - but…

Informit: Alcopops

The spectacle that was the downfall of the alcopops tax in the Senate in its first iteration was a strange mixture of stupid political brinkmanship, ideological mumbo-jumbo and a profound denial of reality. Now that there is the possibility that the Opposition will pass it in its second life, it is worth thinking about what it all means. Perhaps some background is called for.

Informit: The (gendered) art of dance