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  • May wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

    Posted on June 20, 2018

    Informed News & Analysis

    Amanda Wise, Kristine Aquino & colleagues (April 30, 2018). Pushing casual sport to the margins threatens cities’ social cohesionThe Conversation

    Donna Bridges & Ben Wadham (April 23, 2018). Media reporting on women in the military is preserving a male dominated cultureThe Conversation. 

    Marcus Maloney, ‘Jordan Peterson: The battle for the hearts and minds of young men‘, Mojo News

    Andrew Butt, Andrew Fisher & Shakira Hussein, ‘Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies‘. The Conversation Read more…

  • May wrap-up: articles/papers/reports/reviews by TASA members

    Posted on June 18, 2018

    Journal Articles

    Han, G-S., Forbes-Mewett, H. and Wang, W. (accepted 25 April 2018) My own business, not my children’s: Negotiating funeral rites and the mobility and communication juncture among Chinese migrants in Melbourne. Mobilities.

    Davis, J. P., & Bellocchi, A. (2018). Objectivity, subjectivity, and emotion in school science inquiryJournal of Research in Science Teaching.

    Chesters, J. (2018) The marketisation of education in Australia: Does investment in private schooling improve post-school outcomes? Australian Journal of Social Issues DOI: 10.1002/ajs4.38. published online 16/4/2018

    Stone, M., Kokanović, R., & Broom, A. (2018) Care(less) encounters: Early maternal distress and the haunted clinicSubjectivity Read more…

  • May wrap-up: Books by TASA members

    Posted on June 16, 2018

    Forbes-Mewett, Helen (2018). The New Security Individual, Community and Cultural ExperiencesPalgrave Macmillan. 






    Forbes-Mewett, H. (2018) Responsibility, in Bruce A. Arrigo and Geoffrey J. Golson (eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security, and Privacy. Thousand Oaks: Sage.




    Robert van Krieken (2018) Celebrity’s histories, in A. Elliot (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Celebrity Studies. Routledge.


  • Family Friendly Initiatives

    Posted on June 14, 2018

    The Australian Sociological Association Conference 2018
    Supporting Conference Participation for Primary Carers

    This year’s TASA conference provides a range of initiatives to better support conference attendees who are pregnant, breastfeeding and/or caretaking.

    They have been devised by the Local Organising Committee, in consultation with Deakin University’s Equity and Diversity Office and TASA, to promote conference accessibility and address the career disadvantages experienced by delegates who are parents to young children.

    The strategies outlined in this document are in accordance with Deakin University’s Child Safety Policy. Read more…

  • Podcast – Peace and gender: Behind the refugee stereotypes

    Posted on June 8, 2018

    TASA members Lesley Pruitt, Monash University, & Helen Berents, Queensland University of Technology, were interviewed recently by Andrea Thiis-Evensen, for MOJO NEWS, about their research on gender, peace, and security. You can listen to the interview via the podcast below:


  • Doing Gender: Relationships, Emotions and Spaces of Learning

    Posted on June 2, 2018

    Monday, August 13th, Deakin Downtown, 9.30-2.30pm
    Conveners: Amanda Keddie (Deakin University) and Garth Stahl (University of South Australia)
    Sponsor: Deakin Research for Educational Impact (REDI)


    Research in sociology of education has long engaged with the contentious terrain of social justice.

    In designing our research, many of us continue to grapple with questions of gender, subjectivity and emotions. Furthermore, these questions keep changing in response to an ever-shifting economic, cultural and political landscape that is creating new and rearticulating old equity challenges. How are these challenges playing out in formal and alternative/informal sites of learning? And how can we build on the strong and robust history of education research in this area to respond to these new challenges? Read more…

  • Where Sociologists Work

    Posted on May 30, 2018

    TASA member, and Charles Darwin University & Australian National University joint PhD candidate, Penelope Bergen, conducted some research, on behalf of our association, into Applied Sociology. Penelope’s work resulted in the great article, and video companion, below:

    Applied sociology out in the field

    If you scratch the surface of the global job market today, you’re likely to find an Australian applied sociologist. You may not know they’re there as they expertly blend in, going by titles such as evaluator, consultant, project manager, researcher, or advisor. Their identity may not be obvious, but they are an active community, according to systems scientist – and applied sociologist – Dr Anne Stephens.

    If the literature on the discipline of sociology in Australia is anything to go by, there is still a strong demarcation between sociologists who work inside academia, working with theories and interpretations of what Dr Stephens calls a “macro view”, and those who work outside the academy[1]. As somebody who has done both, Dr Stephens’ observations of the differences between them, are well-qualified. Read more…

  • SAVE THE DATE: XX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Melbourne 2022

    Posted on May 28, 2018

  • Sport: Participation versus performance

    Posted on May 26, 2018

    TASA members Ramon Spaaij, Karen Farquharson & Ruth Jeanes, along with their colleagues, have been researching diversity in sport. Their research has culminated in the following articles and reports. 

    Ramon Spaaij & Ruth Jeanes, ‘Practical steps to supporting diversity in junior sport‘. Play by the Rules.

    Spaaij, R., Farquharson, K., Gorman, S., Jeanes, R., Lusher, D., Guerra, C., White, S., & Ablett, E. (2018). Participation versus performance: Managing (dis)ability, gender and cultural diversity in junior sport. Full report. Melbourne: Centre for Multicultural Youth.

    Spaaij, R., Farquharson, K., Gorman, S., Jeanes, R., Lusher, D., Guerra, C., White, S., & Ablett, E. (2018). Participation versus performance: Managing (dis)ability, gender and cultural diversity in junior sport. Summary report. Melbourne: Centre for Multicultural Youth.

    Spaaij, R., Farquharson, K., Gorman, S., Jeanes, R., Lusher, D., Guerra, C., White, S., & Ablett, E. (2018). Infographic: Participation versus performance. Inforgraphic. Melbourne: Centre for Multicultural Youth.

  • Research Waste

    Posted on May 24, 2018

    TASA member Alan Scott is the Continuing Education Officer for the Applied Sociology Thematic Group.

    How valued is the work that we do?  This last week or so the employment of the disabled has been to the fore.  With the death of Stephen Hawking, aged 76, who was written off when he was born but, with great determination and luck, was able to demonstrate that despite the medical model’s view of his condition, he was one of the greatest thinkers of our times.  The ABC ran its series on the employment of the disabled, and boasted how their new ideas were changing lives.

    Yet, in 1976, I was commissioned by the Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration to undertake a study of the employment of the disabled (it was actually called “the Handicapped” back then) as part of its overall study of how the Australian Government did things.  In the report of the commission, they have eight pages of quotes from my study, together with seventeen of my recommendations; much of which covered issues that the ABC Programme has put forward. Read more…

  • TASA 2018 plenary session

    Posted on May 22, 2018

    “Working in the Global Academy: Precarity, Rights, Opportunities and Resistance”

    At the upcoming TASA 2018 conference there will be a fascinating plenary session entitled “Working in the Global Academy: Precarity, Rights, Opportunities and Resistance”. This session will cover many of the current challenges faced by sociologists and practitioners in allied disciplines within the higher education sector. Matters close to many of TASA’s membership.

    The plenary session will  held by Associate Professor Fran Collyer, who has recently been named Sociologist of the month by the journal Current Sociology for her work onGlobal patterns in the publishing of academic knowledge Global North, global South. Other speakers will include: Nour Dados and James Goodman (UTS); Fabian Cannizzo(RMIT) and Christian Mauri (Murdoch); and Grant Banfield (Flinders) and Ann Lawless(UWA). Read more…

  • Stop the Jargon

    Posted on May 20, 2018

    TASA member Alan Scott is the Continuing Education Officer for the Applied Sociology Thematic Group.

    The vocabulary of most people is relatively small and sometimes confusing with the use of regional dialect words or jargon words which are used in some English speaking communities but not understood in most others. For instance, did you know that when you use the noun ‘skype’ you are actually using a Scottish word meaning ‘a worthless, lean person of disagreeable manner and temper?’   Well, I know that since Microsoft took over Skype, it has become a disagreeable program that frequently infuriates me.  Of course ‘Skype’ the program, is the name given to software that derived its name from “Sky peer-to-peer”, which was then abbreviated to “Skyper”. However, some of the domain names associated with “Skyper” were already taken so the final “r” was dropped leaving the current title “Skype”.  One word, arrived at from two entirely different circumstances, and giving entirely different meanings. Read more…

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