Social scientist Professor Crothers is concerned with trying to answer the big question: How is society organised? Fuzzy, not empirically-based thinking in this area dogs the discipline of sociology he believes and Professor Crothers’ concise research has seen his lifetime of sociological work recognised by The Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand in 2008. He was also president of this association in 1994.
After cutting his teeth as a junior lecturer at Victoria University in Wellington, he’s spent time lecturing at the University of Auckland, the University of Natal in Durban and for shorter periods at the Universities of Oregon and Waterloo. He’s also been a fellow at the University of Sussex to research the globalisation of sociology and secretary and then vice president of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee. He is co-editor of the journal New Zealand Sociology.
Recent research into Auckland has seen Professor Crothers trying to unearth the social structure of Auckland, although he won’t be drawn on whether Mayor Len Brown or the Mad Butcher is really running the show. His thirst to understand what holds society together over time has involved studying how a wide range of social forms hang together to form the overall social structure including voluntary organisations (NGOs), social class inequality, poverty and social exclusion, neo-liberalism and its effects, economic power structures, occupations, organisations, communities, households, networks, life events, ideologies, voting and social well-being.
Professor Charles Crothers extended academic profile