Department of Sociology

Dr Harry Blatterer

Harry BlattererSenior Lecturer

Office: W6A/839
Phone: (61 2) 9850 8069
E-mail: harry.blatterer@mq.edu.au

Harry Blatterer's research centres on the changing meanings of friendship as an intimate relationship that is 'generative' - potentially life changing, invaluable for integration into new environments, supportive of a sense of self as well as personal change. Having outlined his sociological perspective on friendship in Everyday Friendships (Palgrave Macmillan 2015), and having translated Francesco Alberoni's seminal Friendship (Brill 2016), Harry is now embarking on expanding that research to write on intellectual, political and artistic friendships in order to understand and explain the generative potentials of this vital human relationship.

Harry is interested in supervising HDR candidates who want to pursue research in the areas of personal relationships and, more broadly, questions of privacy.

Teaching 

Publications

Google Scholar Publications Listing

Books
2015 Blatterer, H. Everyday Friendships: Intimacy as Freedom in a Complex World, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.
2010 Blatterer, H., P. Johnson, M. R. Markus (eds), Modern Privacy: Shifting Boundaries, New Forms, Palgrave Macmillan, New York and London.
2010 Blatterer, H. and J. Glahn (eds), Times of our Lives: Making Sense of Growing Up and Growing Old, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford.
2007 Blatterer, H. Coming of Age in Times of Uncertainty, Berghahn Books, New York and Oxford.

Book Translation
Alberoni, F. 2016, Friendship, H. Blatterer and S. Magaraggia (trans and intro), Brill: Leiden and Boston.

Book Chapters
2016 H. Blatterer and S. Magaraggia, 'Encountering Friendship with Francesco Alberoni', F. Alberoni, Friendship, H. Blatterer and S. Magaraggia (trans and intro), Brill: Leiden and Boston, pp. 1-14.
2013 Blatterer, H. 'Without a Centre that Holds: Contemporary Adulthood and the Devolving Life Course, in A. Nicolas and I. Flaherty (eds) Growing Up and Growing Old: Trajectories of Times and Lives, Interdisciplinary Press, Oxford, pp. 27-46.
2012 Blatterer, H., 'Youth', in P. Beilharz and T. Hogan (eds) Sociology: Antipodean Perspectives, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 275-78.
2012 Magaraggia, S and H. Blatterer, 'Riflessioni su sessualità, intimità e fallocentrismo', in S. Ciccone and B. Mapelli  (eds), Silenzi. Non detti, reticenze e assenze di (tra) donne e uomini, Ediesse, Roma. pp. 193-202.
2011 Blatterer, H. 'Friendship and the Therapeutic Persuasion: Intimacy as Normative Freedom', in K. Hahn and C. Koppetsch (eds), Soziologie des Privaten, VS Verlag fur Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden, pp. 253-74.
2010 Blatterer, H. 'Social Networking and the Pursuit of Visibility', H. Blatterer, P. Johnson, M. R. Markus (eds) Modern Privacy: Shifting Boundaries, New Forms, Palgrave Macmillan, New York and London, pp. 73-87.
2010 Blatterer, H., P. Johnson, M.R. Markus, 'Introduction', H. Blatterer, P. Johnson, M. R. Markus (eds) Modern Privacy: Shifting Boundaries, New Forms, Palgrave Macmillan, New York and London, pp. 1-6.
2010 Blatterer, H., P. Johnson, M.R. Markus, 'Conclusion: Futures of Modern Privacy', H. Blatterer, P. Johnson, M. R. Markus (eds) Modern Privacy: Shifting Boundaries, New Forms, Palgrave Macmillan, New York and London, pp. 1-6.
2010 Blatterer, H., 'Contemporary Adulthood and the Evolving Life Course', Times of our Lives: Making Sense of Growing Up and Growing Old, H. Blatterer and J. Glahn (eds), Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, pp. 45-54.
2010 Blatterer, H., "Generations, Modernity and the Problem of Contemporary Adulthood", Contemporary Adulthood: Calendars, Cartographies and Constructions, J. Burnett (ed.), Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 10-23.

Journal Articles
2013 Blatterer, H., 'Friendship's Freedom and Gendered Limits', European Journal of Social Theory, doi:10.1177/1368431013484000, April 16.
2010 Blatterer, H., 'Friendship's Indecencies: Reflections on Maria Markus's 'Lovers and Friends and 'Decent and/or Civil Society',Thesis Eleven, vol. 101, pp. 36-43.
2010 Blatterer, H., 'The Changing Semantics of Youth and Adulthood', Cultural Sociology, vol. 20, no. 10, pp. 1-17.
2007 Blatterer, H., 'Contemporary Adulthood: Reconceptualizing an Uncontested Category', Current Sociology, vol. 55, no. 6. pp. 771-92.
2007 Blatterer, H., 'Adulthood: The Contemporary Redefinition of a Social Category', Sociological Research Online, vol. 12, no. 4,http://www.socresonline.org.uk/12/4/3.html

Other
2017 Blatterer, H. Comment on Pascaline Lorentz's review of Everyday Friendships: Intimacy as Freedom in a Complex World, Contemporary Sociology, 45[6]:725-726.
2013 Blatterer, H., 'Youth and the Real: How Young People Think about their Lives', Australian Review of Public Affairs, http://www.australianreview.net/digest/2013/08/blatterer.html
2013 Blatterer, H., Muraco, A. 'Odd Couples: Friendships at the Intersection of Gender and Sexual Orientation', Contemporary Sociology, vol. 42, no. 4., pp. 590-92.
2011 Blatterer, H., Luhmann, N. 'Love: A Sketch', Media, Culture and Society, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 801-04.
2007 Blatterer, H., Reconnecting Childhood and Society,' Review Essay of D. Donahoo, Idolising  Children, Australian Review of Public Affairs, www.australianreview.net/digest/2007/05/blatterer.html