Dr Peter Chambers
Pete's work responds to basic questions about the worlds we live in now, sits within traditions of critical and social theory, and emphasises the importance of norms and values, especially conflicting visions of justice and the good society. It asks: how are we to live our lives, together, somehow, now?
In the 2010s, his scholarly work focused on the emergence of border security, as well as sovereignty, securitization, offshore, disruption, and logistics.
His work in the 2020s returns to and builds on insights from classical sociology and the first generation of critical theory: in critical and theoretical criminology this is about rackets and racketeering; in broader fields of interest, it focuses on radical humanism as well as the social and subjective formations that emerge in response to the shock, anxiety, and loneliness that marks our lives.
- By appointment (email)
- PhD (Social Theory), 2008-12, University of Melbourne
- Sessional tutor, 2007-14, University of Melbourne
- Sessional lecturer and co-ordinator, 2007-14, University of Melbourne
- Sessional lecturer and co-ordinator, 2012-13, RMIT
- Part-time lecturer and co-ordinator, 2014, RMIT
- Lecturer, Criminology, 2015-17, Deakin University
- Senior lecturer, Criminology and Justice, 2018- , RMIT
- Thorburn, J.,Powell, A.,Chambers, P. (2023). A world alone: Masculinities, humiliation and aggrieved entitlement on an incel forum In: British Journal of Criminology, 63, 238 - 254
- Chambers, P. (2022). Conspiracy theory, in theory: from history and knowledge in theory to the production of nonknowledge and structural amnesia in theoretical explanation In: Berlin Journal of Critical Theory, 6, 35 - 77
- Chambers, P. (2020). O Bike in Melbourne: A plea for more scepticism about disruption and capital, based on what we can know about one dockless bike scheme In: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 140, 72 - 80
- Chambers, P. (2019). Walling Through Seas: the Indian Ocean, Australian border security, and the political present In: Urban Walls: Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Structures and Surfaces, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom
- Chambers, P.,Andrews, T. (2019). Never mind the bollards: The politics of policing car attacks through the securitisation of crowded urban places In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 37, 1025 - 1044
- Chambers, P.,Mann, M. (2019). Crimmigration in Border Security? Sorting Crossing through Biometric Identification at Australia’s International Airports In: Crimmigration in Australia: law, politics, and society, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., Singapore
- Chambers, P. (2018). Offshore is a form, not a place: paradoxes, global spaces and global classes in offshoring finance and detention In: Distinktion, 19, 1 - 27
- Chambers, P. (2018). Border security: shores of politics, horizons of justice, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom
- Chambers, P.,Andrews, T. (2017). #boulietacks: Carpet tacks and mobile interfaces in the urban politics of cycling in Melbourne, Australia In: City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 21, 329 - 347
- Chambers, P. (2016). Smartphone In: Making Things International 2, University of Minnesota Press, United States