Imagining rural futures in times of uncertainty and possibility: Progressing a transformative research agenda for rural sociology
This Special Edition offers a critical opportunity to imagine the futures of rural societies and rural sociology at a time when, across the world, there has been an awakening of diverse publics to the reality that current and historical social and economic structures are leading to the demise of planetary health and human survival. In Australia and elsewhere, rural communities experience the challenges and potentials of environmental and social change in diverse ways, particularly considering the rural nature of many industries at the epicenter of the climate crisis. To begin, increasing droughts, floods and extreme weather are felt strongly in rural communities whose livelihoods are closely reliant on natural resources. The (mostly) rural activities of food production, resource extraction (water, minerals), land use change and long-distance transport also create significant CO2 emissions, further underscoring the need to reimagine the transformation of rural economic development in line with ecological limits.
Zinn, Jens O. 2020: The UK ‘at Risk’. A Corpus Approach to Historical Social Change 1785–2009, Cham: Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan
Catherine Koerner & Soma Pillay (2019) Governance and Multiculturalism: The White Elephant of Social Construction and Cultural Identities. Springer.
Curryer C. (2019) ‘Supportive Housing’. In: Gu D., Dupre M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/
Greg Marston, Juan Zhang, Michelle Peterie, Gaby Ramia, Roger Patulny & Emma Cooke (2019) To move or not to move: mobility decision-making in the context of welfare conditionality and paid employment, Mobilities, DOI: 1
Ghafournia, N., & Easteal, P. (2019). Help-Seeking Experiences of Immigrant Domestic Violence Survivors in Australia: A Snapshot of Muslim Survivors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.
Informed News & Analysis
Alan Morris, Hal Pawson, Kath Hulse, & Violet Xia (July 31, 2019) Private renters are doing it tough in outer suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne. The Conversation.
David Rowe (July 30, 2019) The Ashes: cricket and the captain’s curse. The Online Forum.
Ryan Storr (July 30, 2019) Transgender athletes controversy swirls after Laurel Hubbard wins gold at Pacific Games. ABC News.
Joel McGregor (July 29, 2019) Young crime is often a phase, and locking kids up is counterproductive. The Conversation. Note: Joel submitted a pitch to The Conversation, about this article, on the back of two radio interviews he did last week. If you have thought about doing something similar, and need to bounce tactics off a fellow member, contact Joel.
Dan Woodman, TASA President, talking about Social Sciences for 2019 Social Sciences week (September 9 – 15)
Health Sociology Review (HSR) is an international peer-reviewed journal, which publishes high quality conceptual and empirical research in the sociology of health, illness and medicine. Published three times per year, the journal prioritises original research papers. Each year the journal publishes a special issue on a matter of central importance to health sociology and related fields, edited by guest editors.
We encourage sociologists to submit proposals to develop and edit special issues within their field of expertise. Note, those who have previously submitted an expression of interest are welcome to submit again for this call. We particularly welcome proposals for special issues with a focus including but not limited to
- new and emerging issues in the sociology of health and illness, including novel theoretical frameworks;
- new technologies and health, illness and healthcare;
- the interplay between sexualities, gender and health; and
- social precarity and health
Journal Special Issues
Petersen, A., Tanner. C., & Munsie, M. (2019) Special Issue: Citizens’ use of digital media to connect with healthcare. Health.
Ravn, S. (2019). Imagining futures, imagining selves: A narrative approach to ‘risk’ in young men’s lives. Current Sociology.
Petersen, A., Tanner. C., & Munsie, M. (2019) Citizens’ use of digital media to connect with health care: Socio-ethical and regulatory implications. Health, 23 (4), 367–384.
Petersen, A., Schermuly, A. C., & Anderson, A. (2019). The shifting politics of patient activism: From bio-sociality to bio-digital citizenship. Health, 23(4), 478–494.
Matt Wade, ‘Risky disciplining: On interdisciplinarity between sociology and cognitive neuroscience in governing morality’, European Journal of Social Theory, online first: https://doi.org/10.
Waling, Andrea. (2019). White Masculinity in Contemporary Australia: The Good Ol’ Aussie Bloke. London, UK: Routledge Press.
James Arvanitakis, Sudhanshu Bhushan, Nayantara Pothen, Aarti Srivastava (Eds.) Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in India and Australia: 1st Edition. Routledge.
Ramón Menendez is a cultural sociologist exploring the topic of authenticity in connection to the self. Ramón looks at how sociological conditions impact on the subjective experience of being authentic and the meanings associated with it.
Ramón areas of expertise are Comparative Sociology, Emotions and Affect, History/Comparative Sociology, Qualitative and Quantitative research, Social Psychology, and Social Theory.
Ramón is based in Melbourne and is interested in work as a Teacher, Tutor, Marking, Research Assistance and Consultancy. You can contact Ramón by emailing: email@example.com
Informed News & Analysis
Lyndal Sleep (July 19, 2019) Domestic abuse or genuine relationship? Our welfare system can’t tell. The Conversation.
Dan Woodman (15 July, 2019) Sociology in the Land Down Under: Challenges and Opportunities for Australian Sociologists. The European Sociologist.
Ron Baird’s research interests are in the areas of youth cultures, youth deviancy, urban sociology, community studies, practice theory and informal learning. Ron completed their PhD in December 2018 at the Youth Research Centre, MGSE at the University of Melbourne. Ron’s PhD study investigated how young people, primarily young males, learn the practice of graffiti writing. Ron found that aspiring graffiti writers learn informally by observation and participation within a community of practice.
Ron’s areas of expertise include Bodies and embodiment, Community Research, Criminology, Deviance & Social Control, Culture and Cultural Policy, Digital Sociology, Education, Emotions and Affect, Law and Society, Methodology, Qualitative research, Teaching Sociology, Urban Sociology, & Youth. Ron has experience in unit coordination and is looking for work in Tutorials/Seminars, Teaching as well as Lectures, Marking, Research Assistance, Grant writing & Consultancy. You can contact Ron by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERVIEWEE RECRUITMENT FOR NEW RESEARCH STUDY
You are invited to take part in a study of volunteer experiences in Australian immigration detention facilities. This study builds on and extends previous research conducted by Michelle Peterie at the University of Sydney. For detailed information of the study, please go to the research web page here.