Adrian Franklin

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Adrian Franklin
Born (1955-12-19) 19 December 1955 (age 61)
Canterbury, Kent, England
Nationality British–Australian
Academic background
Alma mater University of Kent
University of Bristol
Thesis title Privatism, the home and working class culture: a life history approach
Thesis year 1989
Academic work
Discipline Sociologist
Institutions University of Tasmania
University of Oslo
University of Bristol

Adrian S. Franklin (born 19 December 1955) is a British-born Australian sociologist, who is a professor of sociology at the University of Tasmania and a television and radio presenter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He was worked on several ABC radio and television programs as By Design on ABC Radio National and the television series Collectors where, with Gordon Brown and Claudia Chan Shaw, he was one of the panel of experts.

Franklin was born in Canterbury, England and holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Kent, and was awarded his PhD in Sociology from the University of Bristol in 1989 for his thesis Privatism, the Home and Working Class Culture. He held professorships at Bristol and the University of Oslo, before emigrating to Australia as a reader of sociology at the University of Tasmania.


  • Squatting in England, 1969–79: A Case Study of Social Conflict in Advanced Industrial Capitalism (1984)
  • Experts, Landlords and Tenants: The Private Rented Sector in Bristol (1992)
  • Animals and Modern Cultures: A Sociology of Human–Animal Relations in Modernity (1999)
  • Nature and Social Theory (2002)
  • Tourism: An Introduction (2003)
  • Animal Nation: The True Story of Animals and Australia (2007)
  • A Collectors Year (2008)
  • Collecting the 20th Century (2009)
  • City Life (2010)
  • Retro: A Guide to the Mid-Twentieth Century Design Revival (2013)
  • The Making of MONA (2014)


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