Study area: Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH)
Location: Gippsland Campus Room 1E 204
Doctor of Philosophy – Monash University – 2002
Master of Arts– Australian National University – 1990
Bachelor of Letters – Australian National University – 1984
Bachelor of Arts – University of Queensland – 1971
Lyle taught history, sociology and German in various high schools in Queensland and in a secondary college (Yrs 11-12) in the ACT before coming to the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education (GIAE) in 1990. He taught English at the now Einstein Gymnasium in Germany from 1971-2 before returning to Canberra where he worked in the Commonwealth Teaching Service as a Recruitment Officer and later in the ACT Schools Authority as a Curriculum Development Officer.
Areas of expertise
1. Education - Lyle's postgraduate degrees were on the issues of students' experience of school and work and the sociological impact of the collapse of the school-to-work transition in the 1970s.
2. Animal protection - His PhD dissertation (2002) Beasts abstract not: a sociology of animal protection was published as Confronting cruelty: animals, moral orthodoxy and the challenge of the animal rights movement, Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2005. The monograph is the first in the series published by the Animals and Society Institute in the USA currently listing 16 volumes.
His first book utilized his studies of history, politics and sociology and was published as Compassionate beasts: the quest for animal rights, Praeger, New York, 2001.
3. The life chances of humans and other animals in Australia - Currently, he is working on a book project with the working title Life chances: education, social movements and political citizenship. (Forthcoming is an article relating to the book which has been submitted to an education journal: Do students need academic ability to succeed at university in Australia?)
- Social movement theories and activist practices
- Environmental and animal rights protest movements
- Life chances and the education of students, workers and citizens
- Comparing further education and higher education in Australia, the UK, Germany and USA
Confronting cruelty: animals, moral orthodoxy and the challenge of the animal rights movement, Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2005.
Compassionate beasts: the quest for animal rights, Praeger, New York, 2001.
Chapter 22 The animal rights movement (2014) in Hein-Anton van der Heijden (ed) Handbook of political citizenship and social movements, Edward Elgar Publishing, Netherlands, USA and UK. Also online: DOI:10:4337/978119541706.00031
Chapter 4 Animals, 'nature' and human interests in Rob White (ed) Controversies in environmental sociology, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2004.
Chapter 3 Deviance, crime and social control in Christine Stafford and Brian Furze (1997) 2nd edition, Society and change: a sociological introduction to contemporary Australia, Macmillan Education Australia, Melbourne.
Chapter 5 Education in Christine Stafford and Brian Furze (1997) 2nd edition, Society and change: a sociological introduction to contemporary australia, Macmillan Education Australia, Melbourne.
Refereed journal articles
The live animal export controversy in Australia: a moral crusade made for the mass media, Social movement studies, published on line 27 January, 2014, pp 214-229. DOI: 1080/14742837.2013.874524.
Animal rights in theory and practice: a review of the sociological literature, Sociology compass online journal, February, 2012, 6, 2, pp. 166-181.
Teaching and learning guide on the animal protection movement: Sociology compass online journal, June, 2012, 6, 6, pp. 511-518.
'It's a lot of hard work': the experiences of university students in term-time employment, 2011, Vol 37 No 1, Australian bulletin of labour, pp. 33-50.
Go boldly, dream large: the challenges confronting non-traditional students at University, 2011, 55/2 Australian journal of education, pp. 115-131.
Review of Volumes 1-5: Animals and society: critical concepts in the social sciences, Rhoda Wilkie and David Inglis (eds. 2007), Routledge, London and New York in Society and animals: journal of human-animal Studies,2008, 16, pp. 91-93.
Strategies, action repertoires and DIY activism in the animal rights movement, in Social movement studies, 2005, 4 (1), pp. 75-94.
The animal activism of Henry Spira (1927-1998), Society and animals, 2002, 10 (2), pp. 173-191.
Caring about blood, flesh and pain: women's standing in the animal protection movement, Society and animals, 2001, Vol 9, No 1, pp. 43-61.
Future animal: environmental and animal welfare perspectives on the genetic engineering of animals, Cambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics, 2001, Vol 10, pp. 314-324.
From vilification to accommodation: making a common cause movement in Cambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics, 1999, 8, pp. 46-57.
Contesting moral capital in campaigns against animal liberation in Society and animals, 1999, Vol 7, No 1, pp. 35-53.
Framing cruelty: the construction of duck shooting as a social problem in Society and animals, 1997, pp. 137-154.
Narratives of protest: television's framing of an animal liberation campaign in Media international Australia, February, 1997, pp. 103-112.
Grassroots animal rights activism: the case of Mountain Residents for Animal Rights in Regional journal of social issues, 1994, No 28, 1994, pp. 37-49.
A decade of animal liberation in Current affairs bulletin, Volume 70, Number 7, December 1993/January 1994, WEA of NSW and the University of Sydney, pp. 12-19.
Hopping in hamburger heaven: youth underemployment in the service sector in Youth studies Australia, 1992, Vol 11 No 3, pp. 25-33.