Jon Stratton

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Jon Stratton is an Australian academic who is an internationally recognised leading scholar in the field of cultural studies, with 11 sole authored books, five edited collections, over 60 book chapters, and over 80 journal articles. Stratton has been a media commentator for over 25 years in print, radio, and television.

Stratton's first degree in European Literature and the History of Ideas, and Sociology was taken at Bradford University. There, Stratton was a member of the Drama Society which functioned under the direction of the University Fellow in Theatre, Chris Parr. Stratton performed in many first-run productions of plays by early career playwrights, some of whom became important in British avant-garde theatre. Among the plays in which Stratton performed was David Edgar's The End (1972), a history of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which was possibly the first play where the conclusion was decided by choices made by the audiences members on a computer at various points in the narrative. Stratton also acted in Howard Brenton's Scott of the Antarctic (1971), also known as Scott of the Antarctic on Ice, because the first production took place on the ice rink in Bradford's Wardley House. Among the other productions Stratton also performed in Richard Crane's Crippen: A Music-Hall Melodrama (1971), which the cast took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the same year.

Stratton has a PhD in sociology from the University of Essex and has worked in Australia since 1980, teaching at universities in Brisbane (Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland), Armidale (University of New England), Darwin (Northern Territory University), and Perth, (Curtin University).

Stratton's work critically examines aspects of everyday life, and popular music, centred on issues of identity and cultural specificity. He has published widely from articles on soap opera to subcultures to cyberspace and books on postmodernity, the body and the role of race and multiculturalism in Australian culture. Stratton has also published three books on issues associated with Jewishness and identity.

Stratton was Vice-President of the Australasian Cultural Studies Association between 2000 and 2004. He co-edited the Transnational Cultural Studies series for University of Illinois Press between 1997 and 2000. In 1998 he held a Rockefeller Fellowship at the International Forum for United States' Studies at the University of Iowa. Stratton has been the chief investigator for two Australian Research Council grants. Most recently, in 2013, on the history of popular music in Perth. Stratton is on the editorial boards of Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and Perfect Beat: The Pacific Journal of Research into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture amongst other journals. Stratton is an editor of the e-journal Borderlands.

Stratton is actively publishing and is an adjunct professor in the School of Creative Industries at University of South Australia. Previously, Stratton was serving as professor of Cultural Studies at Curtin University, until retiring in 2014.


Stratton has written the following:[1]

  • Stratton, Jon (1987). The Virgin Text: Fiction, Sexuality and Ideology. Harvester and University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-2054-1.
  • Stratton, Jon (1990). Writing Sites: A Genealogy of the Postmodern World. Harvester and University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0-472-10190-0.
  • Stratton, Jon (1992). The Young Ones: Working Class Culture, Consumption and the Category of Youth. Perth: Black Swan Press. ISBN 0-646-09647-8.
  • Stratton, Jon (1996). The Desirable Body: cultural fetishism and the erotics of consumption. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. ISBN 0-7190-4701-3.
  • Stratton, Jon (1998). Race Daze: Australia in identity crisis. Sydney, NSW: Pluto Press. ISBN 1-86403-053-4.
  • Stratton, Jon (2000). Coming Out Jewish: constructing ambivalent identities. London, UK: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-22208-7.
  • Stratton, Jon (2007). Australian Rock: essays on popular music. Perth, WA: API Network Books. ISBN 978-1-920845-46-9.
  • Stratton, Jon (2008). Jewish Identity in Western Pop Culture: The Holocaust and Trauma Through Modernity. New York City: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-60474-2.
  • Stratton, Jon (2009). Jews, Race and Popular Music. Ashgate. ISBN 978-0-7546-6804-6.
  • Bennett, Andy and Jon Stratton eds. (2010) Britpop and the English Music Tradition Ashgate ISBN 0754668053
  • Stratton, Jon (2011) Uncertain Lives: Culture, Race and Neoliberalism in Australia Cambridge Scholars Publishing ISBN 978-1443833011
  • Stratton, Jon (2014) When Music Migrates: Crossing British and European Racial Faultlines 1945–2010 Ashgate ISBN 1472429788
  • Stratton, Jon and Nabeel Zuberi eds. (2014) Black Popular Music in Britain since 1945 Ashgate ISBN 1409469131

Stratton has also coedited the following journal issues:

  • Andy Bennett, Jon Stratton and Richard Peterson eds. Australian Music Scenes, special issue of Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, vol 22, no 5, 2008.
  • Suvendrini Perera, Jon Stratton eds. The Border, the Asylum Seeker and the State of Exception, special issue of Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, vol 23, no 5, 2009.
  • Jon Stratton and Peter Beilharz eds. Way Out West: Mapping Western Australia, special issue of Thesis Eleven, vol 135, no 1, 2016.


2. University of South Australia