Dr Jocelyn Pixley

Professorial Research Fellow

Expertise: Jocelyn's expertise is in economic sociology, economic/social policy (global and national) and technology, with an overall focus on transformations in social integration in the world's developed regions. She asks if there are new social mechanisms and emerging insititutions (e.g. an expanded citizenship?) to deal with increasingly impersonal forms of inter-connections. Her current projects are on trust, anxiety, risk and uncertainty, particularly in regards to money, including comparative work on major financial centres and the current financial crisis.

Contact: Jocelyn.Pixley(at)mq.edu.au

Academia: PhD UNSW; BA, Dip. Ed. Sydney

Professional Background:

Jocelyn Pixley studied politics and history at the University of Sydney and sociology at the University of New South Wales. She taught sociology at the University of NSW for sixteen years and divides her time between Sydney, London and visits to Frankfurt, Tokyo and New York. Her overall research is on transformations in social integration in the world’s developed regions.

The author of Citizenship and Employment: Investigating Post-Industrial Options (Cambridge University Press, 1993), Emotions in Finance: Distrust and Uncertainty on Global Markets (Cambridge University Press, 2004), she has published in journals such as Theory & Society, the American Journal of Economics & Sociology and the British Journal of Sociology, in collected volumes, in the quality press and is co-author of a third book (The Double Life of the Family Allen & Unwin 1997). She is also running a Festschrift on the work of Maria Markus of the Budapest School to be published in Thesis 11, and was recently a guest scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne.

Her current projects are on the sociology of risk and uncertainty, including comparative work on the world’s major financial centres and the current credit crisis.


Selected Publications:


  • Emotions in Finance: Distrust and Uncertainty in Global Markets , Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • The Double Life of the Family: Myth, Hope & Experience Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1997. With Michael Bittman
  • Citizenship and Employment: Investigating Post-Industrial Options, Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Journal Articles


  • ‘The use of risk in understanding financial decisions’ The Journal of Socio-Economics 39 (2), 2010: 209 – 222; (Available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socec.2009.12.002).
  • ‘Behavioural finance issues and the bank client’ JASSA – The FINSIA Journal of Applied Finance (Financial Services Institute of Australasia), Issue 1, 2010: 43-47.
  • Editor Special Issue Maria Markus Festschrift The Decent Society Thesis Eleven No. 101, May 2010; with Craig Browne.
  • ‘Decency in Anglo-American financial centres?’ Thesis Eleven No. 101, May 2010: 63-71.
  • ‘Introduction to Maria Markus FestschriftThesis Eleven No. 101, May 2010: 3-5; with Craig Browne.


  • ‘The current crisis of capitalism”: What sort of crisis?’ The Economic and Labour Relations Review Vol 19 (2) July 2009: 59 – 68.
  • ‘A New Financial Infrastructure to Recover the Loss of Trust?’ Asian-Pacific Economic Literature 29 (1) 2009: 106-116.
  • ‘Time Orientations and Emotion-Rules in Finance’, Theory & Society  Vol 38 (4), 2009: 383 – 400.


  • ‘Central bank leadership’ in Perry Mehrling, Laurence S. Moss, Jocelyn Pixley & George S. Tavlas, ‘What if the Leader of the Central Bank Told Hilarious Jokes and Did Card Tricks?: A Panel of Experts’ American Journal of Economics and Sociology  vol. 65, no. 5, pp. 876 – 887, 2007.
  • ‘Equality and gender-divided, versus multiple subjectivities’ British Journal of Sociology, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 433 – 8, 2004. With M. Bittman.
  • ‘Emotions and economics’, Sociological Review Monograph: Emotions and Sociology, J. Barbalet (ed), Oxford: Blackwell, 2002.
  • ‘Finance organizations, decisions and emotions’, British Journal of Sociology, vol. 53, no. 1, pp 41 – 65,  2002.
  • ‘Impersonal trust in global mediating organizations’, Sociological Perspectives, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 647 – 671, 1999.
  • ‘Beyond  twin deficits: emotions of the future in the organizations of money’, American Journal of Economics and Sociology , vol. 58, no. 4, pp. 1091 – 1118, 1999.
  • ‘Unemployment and democracy: at an impasse?’, Labour and Industry, vol. 6, no. 1, pp 35-48, 1994.
  • ‘Wowser and pro-woman politics: temperance against Australian patriarchy’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology, Vol 27, No 3, pp 293-314, 1991.
  • ‘The return of the U-word: unpacking the employment debate’, The Australian Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 4, pp. 371-381, 1990.

Book and Policy Contributions

  • ‘Tensions between economic policies, technology and bankers’ professional perceptions’ in (ed) Alexandros Kyrtsis Financial Markets and Organizational Technologies, Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming August 2010).
  • ‘Utopianism and hope in finance’, in (eds) Richard Swedberg & Hiro Miyazaki, Hope in the Economy Stanford University Press. (forthcoming 2010).
  • ‘Tobin tax revisited’ Policy Report for the Global Policy Institute, London Metropolitan University (April 2010).
  • ‘Can banking be the gateway to social development?’ in (ed) Sam Whimster, Reforming the City: Responses to the Global Financial Crisis, London: Forumpress, 2009.
  • ‘Greed or Competitive Firms?’ in (eds) A. Brassey & S. Barber Greed, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • ‘Emotions in finance: the case of Moody’s 2007’ for Globalization in Practice (eds) Nigel Thrift, Adam Tickell & Steve Woolgar, Oxford University Press, (forthcoming).
  • ‘How do Australians feel about financial investment?’ Australian Social Attitudes 2: Citizenship, Work and Aspirations, D. Denemark et al (eds), Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2007.
  •  ‘Emotions and economy’, in The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Sociology, George Ritzer (ed.), Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, vol III: 1384-9, 2007.
  • ‘How do Australians feel about their work?’, Australian Social Attitudes The First Report, D. Denemark, et al (eds), Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2005, with Bill Martin.
  • ‘Expectation, emotions and money: finance organizations and futures’, Management and Organization Paradoxes, Stewart Clegg (ed) Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2002.
  • ‘Welfare, poverty and social inequality: the economic fundamentals of social policy’, The Politics of Australian Society: Political Issues for the New Century, P. Boreham, G. Stokes & R. Hall (eds), Melbourne:  Longman/Pearson Education, 2000.
  • ‘Economic citizenship’, Rethinking Australian Citizenship, W. Hudson & J. Kane (eds), Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • ‘Family welfare at the crossroads’, Issues Facing Australian Families, (eds) W. Weeks & M. Quinn, Melbourne:  Addison Wesley Longman, 2000. With Michael Bittman.
  • ‘Social Movements, democracy and conflicts over institutional reform’, Contesting the Australian Way States, Markets and Civil Society, Bettina Cass & Paul Smyth (eds), Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • ‘Temperance’, entry in Oxford Companion to Australian Feminism, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • ‘Employment and social identity: theoretical issues’, European Citizenship and Social Exclusion,  (eds) M. Roche & R. van Berkel, Aldershot: Ashgate, 1997.
  • ‘Economic democracy beyond wage earners welfare’, The Australian Welfare State, J. Wilson et al (ed.), Melbourne:  Macmillan Education, 1996.
  • ‘Citizen, client or worker? State, class and power’ Society, State and Politics in Australia, (ed) M. Muetzelfeldt, Sydney: Pluto Press, 1992.