Arts and Society

Influencing the cultural conversation

Arts and Society

Influencing the cultural conversation

Discipline 101: a science-backed guide to reaching your goals
Personal discipline has been out of fashion in Western cultures for some time, but research from Macquarie Business School suggests it’s time for a rethink – starting with our education system.
Why is it so hard for so many Americans to vote?
Dr Lloyd Cox, Lecturer in United States politics at Macquarie University, explains a complex system fraught with controversy.
Aged care: an industry in crisis with plenty of blame to go around
Even before COVID-19, there was much finger pointing at those who run and regulate nursing homes – but in truth, the fault lies in many places, says Associate Professor Denise Jepsen from Macquarie Business School.
Cheers to the quarantini as COVID-19 puts new zing in the lingo
Frugalistas, fomites and fakeaway dinners … wordsmiths are having a field day. Lexicologist Dr Adam Smith looks at the colourful, inventive language of social crisis.
Why Jacinda nails it: study shows how women leaders succeed by busting tradition
Women political leaders around the world are drawing praise for their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. New research by Macquarie Business School explains how feminist ethics can change the world.
RIP Tarjay: where did it go wrong for Target?
The self-deprecating Tarjay moniker was a viral marketing phenomenon before there was viral marketing, writes Macquarie University retail historian Dr Matthew Bailey.
COVID-19 shopping centre stoush intensifies an old battle
The planned closure of hundreds of stores in shopping centres across the country marks an escalation of decades-long friction between retailers and their landlords, writes Macquarie University retail historian Dr Matthew Bailey.
Rise of the violent far right: how worried should we be?
As the sentencing hearing of the New Zealand mosque attacker begins today, Macquarie University terrorism researcher Dr Julian Droogan explains why far-right extremism has been growing in Australia – and how the nation is fighting back.
What is toxic positivity?
The release of a tell-all Trump biography has launched a new term on the world: toxic positivity, where to recognise negative emotions is to fail.  Professor Jennie Hudson, from Macquarie's Department of Psychology, explains its damaging
Universities find new purpose amid disruption of COVID-19
While the coronavirus has caused untold upheaval across campuses, resilient universities are seeing it as an opportunity, writes Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal of the Macquarie Business School.
Study highlights Anglo-Celtic dominance of our TV news
A lack of cultural diversity on our free-to-air television news and current affairs has been revealed in a ground-breaking research project led by Macquarie University Professor of Media Catharine Lumby.
The new taboos: how COVID-19 is changing our social world
During the COVID-19 crisis, many taboos are being challenged – but new ones are also taking shape, says Dr Sabine Krajewski, Senior Lecturer in International Communication at Macquarie University.