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Steven Threadgold

Senior Lecturer, Sociology, University of Newcastle

Steven Threadgold is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Newcastle. He is a founding member of the Newcastle Youth Studies Group; co-convenor of the TASA Sociology of Youth thematic group from 2011 to 2013; Academic Editor of Youth Studies Australia in 2011-12 and is on the editorial board of Journal of Youth Studies. His research interests focus on inequality and youth, especially the interplay between class, risks and governmental discourses. His most recent research projects are on young people’s construction of ‘DIY Careers’ in networked music scenes and on the ways figures such as ‘hipster’ and ‘bogan’ are invoked in media to perform distinction whilst eschewing the very notion of class. His current writing projects are a research monograph for Routledge called Youth, Class and Culture; a co-edited collection, with Lisa Adkins and Caragh Brosnan, for Routledge called Bourdieusian Prospects; and a co-written introduction to sociology primer for Cambridge University Press with Dan Woodman.
Steven Threadgold is a member of The Australian Sociological Association


  • –present
    Head of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Newcastle


  • 2010 
    University of Newcastle, PhD