2022: Reckoning with Power and Privilege


The Conversation‘s experts bring their incisive analysis to the powerful issues that dominated the 2022 landscape.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from October 2022.

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As 2022 unfolded, we saw power manifest in its various guises: Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine in February 2022; the COVID pandemic and its international disruptions continued to shape lives globally and abortion laws changed monumentally in the US. In Australia, the power of voters changed the government after almost a decade of growing frustration with politics-as-usual. Debate continued about enshrining a First Nations Voice to Parliament, and there was the power of sporting legends such as the late, great Shane Warne to unite us all.

2022: Reckoning With Power and Privilege is a collection of The Conversation’s most insightful essays from leading thinkers, explaining how and why these potent forces continue to shape our world, and how those with the privilege of power don’t always prevail.

Contributors include:
Bronwyn Carlson
Jacob Deem
Prudence Flowers
Michelle Grattan
Matthew Horney
Peter Martin
Denis Muller
Kate Power
Chris Wallace
Hugh White
Zora Simic
Tim Soutphommasane
Paul Strangio
Ariadne Vromen

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 15.3 x 23.4 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 25 October 2022
Number of pages 224
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Michael Hopkin
Dimensions 15.3 x 23.4 cm
Weight 300 g


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Based in Perth, Michael Hopkin joined The Conversation after several years as a journalist with Fairfax, The West Australian, and others. Before moving to Australia from his native UK, he was a senior news and features writer for Nature.