AdjAssocProf Paul Jones

School of Social Sciences


Paul Jones has published widely on the work of Raymond Williams, public sphere theory, Australian media policy and related areas of media and cultural sociology. He has held grants for two empirically based research projects on mediated political communication and mobile phones respectively.

He was a member of the executive board of The International Sociological Association's Sociological Theory research committee (RC16) 2006-2014. He has been a Visiting Fellow or Visiting Academic at the London School of Economics (Sociology & Media and Communications) and University of California, Berkeley (History) and Yale University's Centre for Cultural Sociology.

He was Postgraduate Research Coordinator for the School of Social Sciences 2011-2013.

He became an adjunct Associate Professor following his move to the ANU in 2016.

Research Areas

Media sociology, cultural sociology, public spheres, populism, political communication, social theory, cultural theory, critical theory

Current Research Projects

He is currently working on a sociological reframing of approaches to political, mediated and cultural populism. He is currently completing Critical Theory and Demagogic Populism for Manchester University Press.

Affiliation and Memberships

  • Executive Board, The International Sociological Association's Sociological Theory research committee (RC16), and co-editor of its newsletter 2008-2014.
  • Editorial Board, Cultural Sociology (a journal of the British Sociological Association), 2006-
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Fibreculture Journal, 2007-
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, 2006-



    • Jones PK;Holmes D, 2011, Key Concepts in Media & Communications, 1st, Sage Publishing, London
    • Jones PK, 2004, Raymond Williams`s Sociology of Culture: a critical reconstruction, 1, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke (UK)

    Book Chapters

    • Jones PK, 2006, '¿Tragic Utopianism¿ & Critique in Raymond Williams', in Imagining the Future: utopia and dystopia, edn. Original, Arena Publications, North Carlton, vic, Australia, pp. 243 - 264
    • Jones PK;Pusey MR, 2004, 'Class and `Media Influence` in Australia', in Heider D (ed.), Class and News, edn. 1, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland (USA), pp. 305 - 324
    • Jones PK, 2002, 'Williams and Markus on Production', in Grumley J; Crittenden P; Johnson P (ed.), Culture and Enlightenment: Essays for Gyorgy Markus, edn. Original, Ashgate, Aldershot, UK, pp. 111 - 129

    Journal articles

    • Curran J;Coen S;Soroka S;Aalberg T;Hayashi K;Hichy Z;Iyengar S;Jones P;Mazzoleni G;Papathanassopoulos S;Rhee JW;Rojas H;Rowe D;Tiffen R, 2013, 'Reconsidering 'virtuous circle' and 'media malaise' theories of the media: An 11-nation study', Journalism, vol. 15, pp. 815 - 833,
    • Papathanassopoulos S;Coen S;Curran J;Aalberg T;Rowe D;Jones P;Rojas H;Tiffen R, 2013, 'Online Threat, But Television is Still Dominant: A comparative study of 11 nations’ news consumption', Journalism Practice, vol. 7, pp. 690 - 704,
    • Soroka S;Andrew B;Aalberg T;Iyengar S;Curran J;Coen S;Hayashi K;Jones P;Mazzoleni G;Woong Rhee J;Rowe D;Tiffen R, 2013, 'Auntie Knows Best? Public Broadcasters and Current Affairs Knowledge', British Journal of Political Science, vol. 43, pp. 719 - 739,
    • Curran J;Coen S;Aalberg T;Hayashi K;Jones PK;Splendore S;Papathanassopoulos S;Rowe D;Tiffen R, 2013, 'Internet revolution revisited: A comparative study of online news', Media, Culture and Society, vol. 35, pp. 880 - 897,
    • Tiffen R;Jones PK;Rowe D;Aalberg T;Coen S;Curran J;Hayashi K;Iyengar S;Mazzoleni G;Papathanassopoulos S;Rojas H;Soroka S, 2013, 'Sources in the news: A comparative study', Journalism Studies,
    • Aalberg T;Papathanassopoulos S;Soroka S;Curran J;Hayashi K;Iyengar S;Jones PK;Mazzoleni G;Rojas H;Rowe D;Tiffen R, 2013, 'INTERNATIONAL TV NEWS, FOREIGN AFFAIRS INTEREST AND PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE: A comparative study of foreign news coverage and public opinion in 11 countries', Journalism Studies, vol. 14, pp. 387 - 406,
    • Wajcman J;Jones PK, 2012, 'Border communication: Media sociology and STS', Media, Culture and Society, vol. 34, pp. 673 - 690,
    • Jones PK, 2012, 'The moment of leveson: Beyond 'first amendment fundamentalism' in news regulatory policies', Pacific Journalism Review, vol. 18, pp. 51 - 67
    • Wajcman J;Jones PK, 2012, ''Border Communication: media sociology & STS (science and technology studies)'', Media Culture and Society, vol. 34, pp. 673 - 690,
    • Jones PK;Pusey M, 2010, 'Political communication and 'media system': The Australian canary', Media, Culture and Society, vol. 32, pp. 451 - 471,
    • Jones PK, 2010, 'Raymond Williams & Bruno Latour: 'formalism' in the sociology of culture and technology', Sociologie de l'Art. OPuS 15, vol. 15, pp. 59 - 84
    • Jones PK, 2009, 'Review of Alexander,J. The Civil Sphere. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. and Couldry, N., S. Livingstone and T. Markham, Media Consumption and Public Engagement: Beyond the Presumption of Att', Media Culture and Society, vol. 31, pp. 858 - 862
    • Jones P;Pusey M, 2008, 'Mediated political communication in Australia: Leading issues, new evidence', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 43, pp. 583 - 599,
    • Jones PK, 2008, 'Review of L. Hitchens Broadcasting pluralism and diversity: A comparative study of policy and regulation', Media Culture and Society, vol. 30, pp. 141 - 143,
    • Jones P, 2007, 'Beyond the semantic 'big bang': Cultural sociology and an aesthetic public sphere', Cultural Sociology, vol. 1, pp. 73 - 95,
    • Jones PK, 2007, 'Antipodean Public Spherists', Southern Review: Essays in New Humanities, vol. 39, pp. 111 - 128
    • Jones P, 2006, 'Thirty years of keywords', SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, vol. 40, pp. 1209 - 1215,
    • Jones PK, 2006, 'Thirty years of keywords', Sociology - the Journal of the British Sociological Association, vol. 40, pp. 1209 - 1215
    • Jones PK, 2006, 'Review of Georgina Born Uncertain vision: Birt, Dyke and the reinvention of the BBC', Sociology - the Journal of the British Sociological Association, vol. 40, pp. 773 - 775
    • Jones PK, 2005, 'Australian Cross-Media Ownership Rules and Freedom of Political Communication', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 28, pp. 916 - 923
    • Jones PK, 2004, 'Free Speech Discourse as an `Emancipatory Ideology`: a reply to Lawrence McNamara', UTS Law Review, vol. 5, pp. 92 - 100
    • Jones PK, 2004, 'The Implied Constitutional Freedom of Political Communication and Australian Media Policy', UTS Law Review, vol. 5, pp. 65 - 86
    • Jones P, 2001, 'The best of both worlds? Freedom of communication and ‘positive’ broadcasting regulation', Media, Culture & Society, vol. 23, pp. 385 - 396,
    • Jones P, 2000, 'Paradigmatic tensions in the sociology of news', Journal of Sociology, vol. 36, pp. 239 - 247,
    • Jones PK, 2000, 'McLuhanist` societal projections and social theory: Some reflections', Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy, pp. 39 - 55
    • Jones PK, 2000, 'Democratic norms and means of communication: Public sphere, fourth estate, freedom of communication', Critical Horizons: Journal of Social and Critical Theory, vol. 1, pp. 307 - 339
    • Jones PK, 1999, 'The problem is always one of method¿`: Cultural materialism, political economy and cultural studies', Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, vol. 2, pp. 28 - 46
    • Jones PK, 1998, 'Review essay - Between cultural studies and critical sociology', Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy, vol. 88, pp. 121 - 133
    • Jones PK, 1998, 'The technology is not the cultural form? Raymond William`s sociological critique of Marshall McLuhan', Canadian Journal of Communication, pp. 421 - 452
    • Jones PK, 1998, 'The technology is not the cultural form? Raymond William`s sociological critique of Marshall McLuhan', Australian Canadian Studies, pp. . - .
    • Jones PK, 1997, 'The Public Media in Review', Arena Magazine, pp. 40 - 41
    • Jones PK, 1997, 'Moral Panic: The Legacy of Stan Cohen and Stuart Hall', Media International Australia, pp. 6 - 16

    Conference Papers

    • Jones PK, 2003, 'Beyond `Ages` and `Eras`: sidestepping societal `projections` by typologising ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies)', in 2001 Bugs: Globalism and Pluralism, Bugs: Globalism and Pluralism 2001, Montreal, Canada, presented at Bugs: Globalism and Pluralism 2001, Montreal, Canada, 24 - 27 April 2002

Teaching and Supervision

Not applicable

Areas of HDR supervision:
Unavailable as new primary supervisor due to adjunct status

Current HDR supervision:

  • Edwina Throsby, PhD Sociology Problematizing 'the Swinging Voter' (joint supervisor with Mark Rolfe)
  • Megan Russell, PhD Sociology, Kawaii Fashion Subcultures (cosupervisor - Melanie White primary)
  • Dita Svelte, PhD Sociology, Fashion, utility, futility (cosupervisor - Melanie White primary)

Recent HDR completions:

  • Laura Fisher, PhD Sociology,Hope, Ethics & Disenchantment: a critical sociological inquiry into the Aboriginal art phenomenon
  • Christopher Nash, PhD Sociology,Fields of Conflict: Communication in the construction of Sydney as a global city 1983-2008
  • Neil Huthnance, PhD Sociology, Creativity in the bioglobal age: Sociological prospects from seriality to contingency
  • Christyana Bambaccas , PhD Sociology, Wedding Culture
  • Cynthia Fernandez-Roich, PhD Criminology, Argentina through the eyes of the press: Media discourse on crime during the 1990s (joint supervision with Alyce McGovern)
  • Tomoki Wakatsuki, PhD Sociology, Haruki Murakami & Japanese Cosmopolitanism
  • Ele Jansen Misfit Lifestyles: Institutionalizing Collaboration And Play Among Creative Storytelling Collectives.


  • ARC Discovery: ‘Political Communication and Media Regulation in Australia’ (DP0665146) (2006- 2010), lead CI with co-CI Professor Michael Pusey
  • ARC Linkage: ‘The Impact of the Mobile Phone on Work/Life Balance’ (LP0667674) (2006-2008), co-CI with Professors Judy Wacjman (Australian National University) and Professor Michael Bittman (University of New England, NSW)
  • UNSW Goldstar (2012) 'Populism & Communicative Mediation'.

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