Dr Cary Bennett

Senior Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Cary Bennett

Phone: +61 2 6773 2992

Email: cary.bennett@une.edu.au


PhD, University of Newcastle, NSW

Teaching Areas

SOCY 110 Foundations of Society
SOCY 321 Sociology of Health and Illness
SOCY 374 Mental Health and Society

Supervision Areas

  • Health sociology (with special interest in drugs and drug use and mental illness);
  • Social theory (with special interest in Foucault and Governmentality, post-structuralism and postmodernism);
  • Gender and sexuality (with special interest in Performativity and Queer Theory);
  • Identity and culture;
  • Globalisation, development and social change (with special interest in Orientalism and Post-development studies)
  • Popular music and performance

Research Interests

Dr Cary Bennett's research and teaching interests include drugs and drug use in society, health and illness, mental health, music and performance; visual culture. Working from a Foucauldian perspective, Cary is interested in exploring how different understandings of drugs, criminality, health and illness are constituted and function through exclusionary social discourses and practices. He has conducted research and published in the areas of recreational drug use and trafficking, drug treatment and education, HIV/AIDS, and global development and is currently working on a research project that seeks to identify the barriers and facilitators to live music in Armidale.


Rahn, A., Bennett, C., Jones, T., & Lykins, A. (2019). “Happily partnered older adults’ relationship-enhancing behaviours”. Australasian Journal on Ageing [in press]. doi: 10.1111/ajaq.12731

Rahn, A., Jones, T., Bennett, C., & Lykins, A. (2019). “Baby boomers’ attitudes to maintaining sexual and intimate relationships in long-term care”. Australasian Journal on Ageing [in press]. doi: 10.1111/ajaq.12732

Bennett, C. (2017) “Drugs, Moral Panics and the Dispositive”, Journal of Sociology, 54 (4): 538-556 DOI: 10.1177/1440783317727877

Rahn, A., Bennett, C., Jones, T., & Lykins, A. (2017) “Couples’ Privacy in Residential Aged Care”. In Digging for gold: Building success in ageing research: 16th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing Program & Proceedings (pp. 49-51). Perth, Australia: Curtin University.

Rahn, A., Jones, T., Bennett, C. and Lykins, A. (2016) “Conflicting Agendas: The Politics of Sex in Aged Care”, Elder Law Review 10: 1-24.

Bennett, C. (2016) ‘Assessment rubrics: Thinking inside the boxes’, Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 9 (1): 50-72.

Bennett, C. (2014) 'School-based Drug Education: The Shaping of subjectivities', History of Education Review, 43 (1): 95-115.

Bennett, C. (2012) 'Supporting the Posts in Development Discourse: Under-development, Over-development, Post-development', Sociology Compass, 6 (12): 974-986.

Bennett, C. (2011) 'Methadone Maintenance Treatment: Disciplining the "Addict."' Health and History, 13 (2): 130–157.

Bennett, C. (2010) 'Drug Law Enforcement: A Study in the Interplay of Power and Resistance.' Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 22 (1): 117–136.

Bennett, C., & Donovan, R. (2009) 'Governing at a Distance: Mainstreaming of Australian HIV/AIDS Treatments and Services 1989–1996 Reconsidered.' Health and History, 11 (2): 92–115.

Bennett, C. (2008) 'The Emergence of Australia's National Campaign Against Drug Abuse: A Case-Study in the Politics of Drug Control.' Journal of Australian Studies, 32 (3): 309–321.

Bennett, Cary (2005) 'Review of The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz improvisation and Communities in Dialogue by D. Fischlin and A. Heble (eds)'. Perfect Beat: The Pacific Journal of Research into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture, 7 (3): 67-8.

Bennett, Cary (1996) 'Minds, Bodies and Masturbation', Querelle: A Nationwide Queer Anthology. Southern Cross University: Lismore.


Member of Societies and Professional Bodies

TASA (The Australian Sociological Association)