Gavin Kitching (B.Sc., D.Phil) is a "British author and professor of "social sciences and "international relations (formerly head of School Politics and International Relations) at the "University of New South Wales, where he has taught since 1991. In 2007 Kitching became a fellow of the "Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
Gavin Kitching is an expert on the philosophy of "Ludwig Wittgenstein, and has made contributions to the philosophy behind "Marxism. In his latest work, Kitching has argued that "postmodernism is a hollow form of philosophy, setting "an athletic Enlightenment cat among the plump postmodernist pigeons." He argues not only that postmodernism is either boring or wrong, but that it can be a distorting influence in education.
Prior to that Kitching made contributions to "development studies, with the early best-selling course text Development and Underdevelopment (1989). His first research and published work focussed on development in Africa, particularly "Tanzania and "Kenya, for which he won the "Herskovitz Prize. Since the early 1990s he moved to analysing post-soviet "Russia during the process of de-"collectivisation of land. Subsequently, he wrote about the effects of "globalisation on "social justice in the twenty-first-century economy, and is familiar to UNSW "international studies students for teaching the introductory globalisation course.