Dr George Morgan

Dr George Morgan with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.George Morgan's research interests range from urban studies to Aboriginality and post-colonialism, to youth and precarious labour, to the politics of moral panics. His current research considers how urban working class and minority (including Aboriginal and Middle Eastern) youth respond to the challenges of finding work and developing vocational aspirations in the 'creative industries'. He is a chief investigator (along with Greg Noble) on an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant entitled 'The just-in-time self: young men, skill and narratives of aspiration in the new economy'. His books include (as sole author) Unsettled places: Aboriginal people and urbanisation in New South Wales (Wakefield Press, 2006); (as editor – both with Scott Poynting) Outrageous: moral panics in Australia (ACYS Press, 2007) and Global Islamophobia (Ashgate, 2012). He is currently working (collaboratively with three others) on a book manuscript based on the 'Just-in-time self' project and on another on Australian cities in the era of global warming.

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PhD, 2000, Sociology, Macquarie University, Australia

M.Phil, 1990, (degree by research/dissertation - Cultural Studies), Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham, UK

BA (Hons), 1984, History, Australian National University, Australia

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Honours and Awards

2001: National Trust Prize for Multicultural History for Marrickville Backyards (Bloomings, Melbourne 2001)

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Selected Publications


Morgan, G & Poynting, S (eds) 2012, Global Islamophobia: muslims and moral panic in the West (opens in a new window), Ashgate, Aldershot.

Poynting, S & Morgan, G (eds) 2007, Outrageous! Moral panics in Australia (opens in a new window), ACYS Press, Hobart.

Morgan, G 2006, Unsettled places: Aboriginal people and urbanisation in New South Wales, Wakefield Press, Adelaide.

Morgan, G, Poynting, S & Rocha, C 2004, Culture and cultivation: backyards in Fairfield, Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, Sydney.

Book Chapters

Morgan, G 2014 (forthcoming), 'Gangsta warrior bro: hip hop and urban Aboriginal youth', in S Baker, B Robards & B Buttigieg (eds), Youth cultures and subcultures: Australian perspectives, Ashgate, Aldershot.

Morgan, G 2013, 'Aboriginal youth, work and aspiration in Sydney's Redfern/ Waterloo', in EJ Peters & C Anderson (eds), Indigenous in the city: contemporary identities and cultural innovation, UBC Press, Vancouver, 282-304.

Morgan, G 2012, 'Housing. Part 1, a history of Aboriginal housing' (opens in a new window), in A Cadzow & J Maynard (eds), Aboriginal studies, Nelson Cengage Learning, Melbourne, pp. 189-99.

Morgan, G & Nelligan, P 2012, 'Taking the bait: minority youth in Australia, creative skills and precarious work', in E Armano & A Murgia (eds), Maps of precariousness, I libri di Emil, Bologna, pp. 37-50.

Morgan, G & Poynting, S 2012, 'Introduction: the transnational folk devil', in G Morgan & S Poynting (eds), Global Islamophobia: muslims and moral panic in the West (opens in a new window), Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 1-14.

Al Natour, R & Morgan, G 2012, 'Local Islamophobia: the Camden Islamic school campaign', in G Morgan & S Poynting (eds), Global Islamophobia: muslims and moral panic in the West (opens in a new window), Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 101-18.

Poynting, S & Morgan, G 2007, 'Introduction', in S Poynting & G Morgan (eds), Outrageous! Moral panics in Australia, ACYS Publishing, Hobart, pp. 1-10.

Morgan, G 2007, 'Curfews, children, class and colonialism', in S Poynting & G Morgan (eds), Outrageous! Moral panics in Australia, ACYS Publishing, Hobart, pp. 11-19.

Morgan, G 2007, 'Not waving, drowning: the Cronulla riots and the decline of cosmopolitanism', in P Faccioli & J Gibbons (eds), Framing globalization: visual perspectives, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, pp. 144-57.

Morgan, G 2006, 'Aboriginal politics, self-determination and the rhetoric of community', in S Herbrechter & M Higgins (eds), Returning (to) communities: theory, culture and political practice of the communal (opens in a new window), Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 367-86. [Reprinted in Dialogue, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Journal, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 19-29]

Morgan, G 2003, 'Autochthonous Australian syncretism', in U Schuerkens (ed.), Global forces and local life worlds (opens in a new window), Sage, London, pp. 222-38.

Morgan, G 2000, 'Aboriginal housing in Western Sydney in the 1960s and 1970s', in J Collins & S Poynting (eds), The other Sydney: communities, identities and inequalities in Western Sydney (opens in a new window), Common Ground, Melbourne, pp. 181-99.

Journal Articles

Morgan, G and Nelligan, P (accepted and forthcoming), 'Labile Labour: Gender, Flexibility and Creative Work', Sociological Review.

Morgan, G & Wood, J 2014, 'Creative accommodations: the fractured transitions and precarious lives of young musicians' (opens in a new window), Journal of Cultural Economy, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 64-78.

Wulfhorst, C, Rocha, C & Morgan G 2014, 'Intimate multiculturalism: transnationalism and belonging amongst capoeiristas in Australia', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, published online.

Morgan, G, Wood, J & Nelligan, P 2013, 'Beyond the vocational fragments: creative work, precarious labour and the idea of "flexploitation"', Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 397-415.

Morgan, G 2012, 'Urban renewal and the creative underclass: Indigenous youth subcultures', Journal of Urban Affairs, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 207-22.

Morgan, G 2012, 'Urban transitions – Aboriginal men, education and work in Redfern-Waterloo', Postcolonial Studies, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 267-81.

Morgan, G & Idriss, S 2012, 'Corsages on their parents' jackets: employment and aspiration among Arabic-speaking youth in Western Sydney', Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 15, no. 7, pp. 929-43.

Morgan, G & Ren, X 2012, 'The creative underclass: introduction to special issue', Journal of Urban Affairs, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 127-30.

Morgan, G & Warren, A 2011, 'Aboriginal youth, hip hop and the politics of identification', Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 34, no. 6, pp. 925-47.

Morgan, G & Gulson, K 2010, 'Editorial: Indigenous people and urbanisation', Environment and Planning A, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 265-67. 

Morgan, G, Dagistanli, S & Martin, G 2010, 'Global fears, local anxiety: policing, counter-terrorism and moral panic over "bikie gang wars" in New South Wales', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 580-99.

Morgan, G 2008, 'Aboriginal migration to Sydney since World War II' (opens in a new window), Sydney Journal, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 75-82.

Morgan, G 2008, 'Ostalgia: Vera Drake, community and critical spectatorship', Rising East Online, vol. 8, no. A.

Morgan, G & Cohen, P 2006, 'Special issue: globalisation: narratives of education and work', Journal of Education and Work, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 105-07.

Morgan, G 2006, 'Work in progress. Narratives of aspiration from the new economy' (opens in a new window), Journal of Education and Work, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 141-52.

Morgan, G 2006, 'Memory and marginalisation. Aboriginality and education in the assimilation era', Australian Journal of Education, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 40-49.

Morgan, G, Rocha, C & Poynting, S 2005, 'Grafting cultures: longing and belonging in immigrants' gardens and backyards in Fairfield', Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 26, no. 1&2, pp. 93-106.

Morgan, G 2003, 'Autochthonous Australian syncretism' (opens in a new window), Current Sociology, vol. 51, no. 3&4, pp. 433-51. [reprinted in U Schuerkens (ed.), Global forces and local life worlds]

Morgan, G 2003, 'Curfews, moral panics and Aboriginal children', Journal of the Aboriginal Studies Association, vol. 12, pp. 52-56.

Morgan, G 2003, 'Decolonising the archives. Who owns the documents', Comma. International Journal on Archives, vol. 1, pp 147-52.

Morgan, G 2003, 'Aboriginal protest and the Sydney Olympic Games' (opens in a new window), Olympika, vol. 12, no. 16, pp. 23-38.

Morgan, G 2002, 'The reconciliation movement in Australia', Journal of Aboriginal Studies, no. 1, pp. 45-51.

Morgan, G 2002, 'Backyard narratives', Oral History Association of Australia Journal, no. 24, pp. 46-48.

Morgan, G 2001, 'Indigenous Wannabes', Meanjin, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 83-91.

Morgan, G 2000, 'Assimilation and resistance: housing Indigenous Australians in the 1970s', Journal of Sociology, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 187-204.

Refereed Conference Papers

Morgan, G 2008, 'The just in time self? Work, aspiration and the limits of flexibility', in T Majoribanks, J Barraket, J-S Chang, A Dawson, M Guillemin, M Henry-Waring et al. (eds), Re-imagining sociology: the annual conference of the Australian Sociological Association, 2-5 December 2008, University of Melbourne, Melbourne.

Morgan, G 2006, 'A city of two tales: distinction, dispersal and dissociation in Western Sydney' (opens in a new window), in K Anderson, R Dobson, F Allon & B Neilson (eds) 2006, After-sprawl: post-suburban Sydney: e-proceedings of the "post-suburban Sydney: the city in transformation" conference, 22-23 November 2005, Centre for Cultural Research, Sydney.


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