The following Zines by TASA members are available via the SoFi website here.
Geraldine Donoghue: Waiting, So Fi, p. 6
Fabian Cannizzo: Toward the Ivory Tower, So Fi, p. 9
Jon Gray: The First Explorer, So Fi, p. 13
Anoushka Benbow-Buitenhuis: Peeling Up, So Fi, p. 36
Nick Osbaldiston: In the Still, So Fi, p. 40
Ashleigh Watson: 101 scenes in London, 2017, So Fi, p. 59
Eileen Clark: Sociology 101, So Fi, p. 79
Alan Scott: Applied Sociology
Anne Game: Belonging in Anghiari: Armida Kim
James Arvanitakis: On collegiality and civility: or 9 tips on not being an academic jerk
Erin Carlise: Featured Member Profile: Erin Carlisle (Postgrad sub-committee initiative)
Alan Scott: Dominate Theory
Karen Fisher & Sally Robinson: Census shows increase in children with disability, but even more are still uncounted, The Conversation
Gary Bouma: Census 2016 shows Australia’s changing religious profile, with more ‘nones’ than Catholics, The Conversation
Kate Huppatz, Shanthi Robertson , Adam Possamai & James Arvanitakis: Western Sydney University experts weigh-in on the 2016 Census, Western Sydney University News Centre
Dan Woodman: Don’t fit in with Gen X or Gen Y? You could be a Xennial, The Advertiser
Alan Morris: Sydney public housing evictions a policy success? Only if you ignore the high human cost, The Conversation
Robyn Moore: History textbooks still imply that Australians are white, The Conversation
James Arvanitakis: Free textbooks for first-year university students could help improve retention rates, The Conversation
Joshua Roose: Why Saudi Arabia’s football team didn’t observe a minute’s silence for London attack victims, The Advertiser
Joshua Roose: Saudi football says sorry after team did not observe one minute silence for London attack victims at Socceroos game, International Business Times
Alex Broom: You should care about your doctor’s health, because it matters to yours, The Conversation
Lucy Nicholas: Catholic schools’ ‘alternative’ to Safe Schools isn’t all that alternative, The Conversation
David Rowe: Anti-siphoning changes a blow to sports fans who want to watch on free-to-air TV, The Conversation
Paul Byron & Brady Robards: There’s something queer about Tumblr, The Conversation
Meredith Nash and Imelda Whelehan (eds.) (2017) – Reading Lena Dunham’s Girls: Feminism, postfeminism, authenticity and gendered performance in contemporary television
Stephen Castles (2017) Migration, Citizenship and Identity: Selected Essays. Edward Elgar.
Juliet Watson (2017) Youth Homelessness and Survival Sex : Intimate Relationships and Gendered Subjectivities. Routledge.
Fiona Simon (2017). Meta-Regulation in Practice: Beyond Normative Views of Morality and Rationality (Routledge Advances in Sociology)
Liamputtong, Cirila, Lesley J. Pruitt, and Julian Lee. 2017. “Gender, Globalization and Development.” In Battersby, P., Roy, R. and Guevarra, R. (eds.) International Development: Inquiries into Global Development Practice. London: SAGE, pp. 68-82.
Population growth has profound impacts on Australian life, and sorting myths from facts can be difficult. This article is part of our series, Is Australia Full?, which aims to help inform a wide-ranging and often emotive debate.
Western Sydney is one of the fastest-growing regions in Australia. It’s also one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse, as a key arrival point for refugees and new migrants when they first settle in Australia.
However, this kind of reaction can pin the blame for infrastructure and affordability problems on culturally diverse populations who may have already lived in Australia for many years, if not several generations. Read more…
We all know the names: Boomers, Gen X and Millennials. Now we can add the “Xennials”, a cross-over generation between X-ers and Millennials that recently took the internet by storm.
The “Xennials” are supposedly a group born between the late 1970s and early 1980s who entered the labour market well after the recession of the early 1990s, but before the Global Financial Crisis. They had an analogue childhood, but digital young adulthood.
However, the “Xennials” must be taken with several grains of salt. There isn’t yet any strong academic evidence for the grouping, although clearly the idea resonates with a lot of people who felt left out by the usual categorisations.
I am a sociologist of youth and generations, who tracks Australians through young adulthood. There is some truth to generations talk, as our lives are shaped by the times in which we grow up. But the labels are blunt, homogenising, underplay inequality, and often function as nasty stereotypes. Read more…
Every five years the census asks Australians: “What is your religion?”. Ten tick-box responses are provided, along with the option to write in some other response.
In 2016 Census, the first box was for “no religion”. This was not a secularist plot, but an acknowledgement that those declaring they had “no religion” were very likely to be the most numerous category, followed by Catholics.
Alongside those declaring they have “no religion”, Australia now has – in addition to a highly diverse bloc of Christian groups that are very internally diverse – five substantial religious communities (Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and Jews). Read more…
The 2016 Census has revealed an increase in the number of children with disability, up nearly 40,000 since 2011. One explanation is that the census now counts disability differently, which is more in line with the way many children and families view disability.
But other children continue to miss out on support because they do not name their needs as “disability”. And services don’t yet have adequate funding for even the revealed number of children, so other children who require assistance are left out.
A census that counts people who identify as having a disability, as well as those who need support, could help resolve these problems. Read more…
TASA member Deborah Lupton led the creation of the new Smart Technology Living Lab: Co-creating solutions and ideas using social and design research
Family violence and youth justice have been subjected to an intense focus in Australia in the past year. Reviews have revealed the failure to provide effective responses to these issues. Government responses to family violence have emphasised the importance of perpetrator accountability, while in the youth justice field recent reforms have seen a toughening of legal responses.
Adolescent family violence has implications in both of these areas. However, it has been the subject of limited inquiry.
Adolescent family violence is violence used by young people against family members. Most often, it refers to violence occurring within the home.
It is distinct because the adolescent requires ongoing care even when violent, which mean responses used in other cases of family violence can’t readily be applied. It has detrimental effects on the health and wellbeing of families, and is surrounded by stigma and shame. Read more…
TASA member Lesley Pruitt, a senior lecturer in politics and international relations at Monash University, writes about young people and the UN. This article was first published by the Australian Institute of International Affairs and is republished here under a Creative Commons Licence.
Young people are often categorised as politically disengaged and apathetic. A program backed by Australia and the UN is seeking to shake this image, engaging youth and giving them a voice at the highest level of global politics.
For at least the past several decades, curriculum designers and policymakers around the world have envisioned young people to be citizens ‘in the making’ or even blamed them for a so-called ‘democratic deficit’. However, a wide range of research has shown that youth are not as inactive or apathetic as frequently assumed.
When young people neglect to participate in the ways adults and governments might expect them to, blame is often placed on the youth themselves. However, older adults and public institutions would do well to reflect on the ways in which they might exclude young people, fail to listen to them, or perpetuate inaccurate stereotypes: suggesting they are a selfish generation uninterested in the common good. Even when youth do try to have a say on government policies, politicians and the media often publicly shame them for not doing it the right way. Read more…
TASA member Catherine Robinson is the Co-Host and Series Consultant on SBS’s new three-part documentary series, ‘Filthy Rich and Homeless’. ‘Filthy Rich and Homeless’, is a three-night event, that has been airing this week on SBS (Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 and TONIGHT, Thursday 29 June at 8.30pm). Each show is will be available to view on SBS On Demand after broadcast.