Associate Professor Peter Corrigan

Associate Professor (Retired) - School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences

Peter Corrigan

Phone: +61 2 6773 2179



PhD (Sociology) University of Dublin

Teaching Areas

SOCY100 Introduction to Sociology
SOCY110 Foundations of Society
SOCY307 Media and Society
SOCY332 Consumer Society

Supervision Areas

  • Consumer society (including dress, food, music, etc.)
  • Media and communication
  • Cultural and symbolic aspects of death
  • Classical French social theory
  • Political discourse

Research Interests

Peter Corrigan has worked at universities in France, Ireland, Pakistan, Sweden and the UK. He is primarily a cultural sociologist, and has published books on dress and on consumer society. His current research centres on cultural and symbolic analyses of death, and he has other projects on the role of aesthetics in social life, analyses of Australian political discourse, and the uses of photography in sociological research. He is the unit coordinator of SOCY100 Introduction to Sociology.  His work has been translated into Chinese, Italian, and Korean.


Corrigan, Peter (2014). "The Roles of Social Actors in Accounts of Near-Death Experiences: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of France and the United States", pp. 51-60 in Carol McAllum and Madeline Gorman (eds), Mapping the Perimeter of Death and Dying, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Corrigan, P. (2012) "The Mass Media", pp. 241–266 in B. Furze et al. (eds), Sociology in Today's World, South Melbourne: Cengage, Second edition.

Corrigan, P. (2011) 'The elementary forms of the consumerist life: a sociological perspective', pp. 71–80 in P. Newton (ed.), Urban Consumption, Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing.

Corrigan, P. (2008) The Dressed Society, London: Sage.