Dr Barbara Evers
BA (Hons), PhD Murdoch.

Lecturer

About me

I am predominantly a cultural sociologist working across a variety of areas.  My research concentrates on the interplay between culture and society, with a particular interest in histories of person formation or identity. I am part of the Figurational/Eliasian network.

 

Teaching area

Main teaching areas

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology of Everyday Life
  • Multiculturalism
  • Sociology of Food
  • Cultural Sociology

Units taught in 2012

  • SOC134 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC105 Sociology and Everyday Life
  • SSH100 Ideas in Action

Research areas

Research interests
  • History/Sociology of Person formation
  • Historical Sociology
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Identity
  • History of Manners
  • Foodways – examination of food and its contexts within history and the social
  • Cultural/Social identities
  • Online communities
  • Cross-cultural relationships
  • Social Research

My current research focuses on the formation of a particular kind of person, the befuddled foodie, who is able to think and talk about food in a specific way. This way of being is a marker of a certain sensibility, it is a Western, middle class sensibility, that is, sometimes, but not always, accompanied by a particular manner in which certain individuals approach ‘foodways’. Part of this sensibility is dealing with the contradictions that seem to be central to foodstuff choices. This person possesses adequate economic and cultural capital, is influenced by the etiquette of eating, the pleasures of (local) food, but is also aware of ethical issues around food such as concerns about the industrial food system, animal welfare and sustainable choices.

Current projects

  • Research project on the formation of a particular kind of ‘foodie’ identity.
  • My current research focuses on the formation of a particular kind of person, the befuddled foodie, who is able to think and talk about food in a specific way. This way of being is a marker of a certain sensibility, it is a Western, middle class sensibility, that is, sometimes, but not always, accompanied by a particular manner in which certain individuals approach ‘foodways’. Part of this sensibility is dealing with the contradictions that seem to be central to foodstuff choices. This person possesses adequate economic and cultural capital, is influenced by the etiquette of eating, the pleasures of (local) food, but is also aware of ethical issues around food such as concerns about the industrial food system, animal welfare and sustainable choices.
  • Joint research project with Dr Goodie examining the ways in which ‘the environment’ has been consitituted and situated as a subject of legal thinking and practice through the law’s interface with non-legal conceptualisations of the environment, and the subsequent formation of particular kinds of persons.

Professional and community service

  • Co-Editor of Human Figurations: long-term perspectives on the human condition (Published by MP)
  • The Learning and Teaching Venues Committee (LTV)

Doctoral and masters supervisions

PhD – Beth Lewis: Goffman, Disability and the Changing Concept of Self.

PhD – Juliette Grey: Civil Governance and Toleration.

PhD – Christian Mauri: Weber’s ideal types and Goffman’s total institutions.

Masters – Ali Hafidhi Hayes: The history of Australian multicultural policy.

Publications

Chapters

  • Evers, A., (2013),The Epicurean in Elias,In: Norbert Elias & Social Theory, Palgrave Macmillan, pages 63 - 74.
  • Wickham, G., Evers, A., (2010),Society, State, Security, and Subject Formation: The Emergence of Modern Neutrality Society and the Formation of the Types of Subjects it Requires,In: State, Security, and Subject Formation, The Continuum International Publishing Group, pages 116 - 132.

Journals

  • Wickham, G., Evers, A., (2012), Elias in the Footsteps of Hobbes?, Human Figurations: long-term perspectives on the human condition, 1, 1, pages 2 - 11.
  • Evers, A., Hodgson, N., (2011), Food choices and local food access among Perth's community gardeners, Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability, 16, 6, pages 585 - 602.

Conference

  • Evers, A., (2012),Figurational Sociology and Food Studies: The case of bee3r drinking rituals in 20th century Germany,In: The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Asocaition 2012.
  • Evers, A., (2011),"The Fuddled Foodie": The formation of a particular kind of food person.,In: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference (2011).

 

Evers, A.L.B., 2005. On ISS Stockholm. Figurations. 4: 15.

Evers, A.L.B., 2008. Re-inventing the person. A non-Kantian approach to the self. The annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association – Reimagining Sociology. Melbourne: TASA.

Evers, A.L.B., 2011. The Fuddled Foodie. The formation of a particular kind of food person. The annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association. Newcastle: TASA.

Evers, A.L.B. 2012 [forthcoming] ‘The Epicurean in Elias’ in Norbert Elias, Social Theory and Key Issues, F. Dépelteau and T. Landini eds. Basingstoke: Palgrave-McMillan

Wickham G. and B. Evers, 2007. But Culture can be dangerous: an Outline of a Research Project. Nexus 19: 3.

Wickham G. and B. Evers, 2009. Society, State, Security, and Subject Formation: The Emergence of modern neutrality society and the formation of types of subjects it requires. In State, Security and Subject Formation, ed. A. Yeatman and M. Zolkos. New York: Continuum.

Wickham, G. and A.L.B. Evers, 2011. Elias in the Footsteps of Hobbes? Human Figurations, Volume 1.