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Michael Pusey left school at 15 and worked in Tasmania as a photographer, a farm labourer and a shop assistant before studying at the Sorbonne and later at the University of Melbourne. He was a school teacher in Tasmania before moving to The United States where he completed his doctoral studies in sociology at Harvard University. On his return to Australia in the early 1970s he worked with the Schools Commission and at the Australian National University. Since moving to Sydney Michael has taught on social theory, the media and the public sphere, economic ideas, and, most recently on quality of life in Australia. Michael is a Professor of Sociology at UNSW and Macquarie University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. His writings on economic reform and on the changing Australian middle class have involved some three hundred commentaries and interviews on radio, television and in the metropolitan press. He was listed in 2005 by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australia’s top 100 public intellectuals. His two major prize-winning books on economic reform were both Cambridge bestsellers. He is married, has two daughters,and has lived in Sydney since 1978.
From 1995 to 2002 Michael was Director of the Middle Australia Project. His theoretical and research interests have focussed on quality of life, on the experience of time, on trust and civil society, and the changing nature of political and economic culture in Australia. In 2006 with Paul Jones, he began an Australian Research Council funded study on political communication and media regulation in Australia.
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