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  • Hazing and sexual violence in Australian universities: we need to address men’s cultures

    Posted on March 14, 2018

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    Brotherhood is produced by men with a sense of licence and tradition, and is sustained through particular rites of passage and rituals of abuse.

    Ben Wadham, Flinders University

    The esteemed residential colleges of Sydney University have recently gained intense public scrutiny for fostering cultures of sexual harassment, rape and hazing. The Red Zone Report, produced by independent journalists for End Rape on Campus Australia, presented a harrowing account of men’s tribalism, and elitism in Australia’s universities.

    The report focused on 12 universities including all the Group of Eight universities. Across all 39 Australian universities there are 216 residential colleges or halls. Read more…


    Posted on March 10, 2018

    Friday 23 November 2018
    Workshop for TASA members hosted jointly by TASA ‘Sociology of Economic Life’ and ‘Work,
    Employment and Social Movements’ Thematic Groups

    The past few decades of political and economic change have led to a shifting of risk from collective and
    public institutions to private, individualised spaces. Examples include the shift from public provision of
    pensions and healthcare to private retirement savings and health insurance; the decentralisation and
    weakening of workplace rights and trade union protection towards contingent and individualised
    employment relations; and the workfarist transformation of the welfare state and public income support
    and an accompanying demonization and marginalisation of the unemployed. Over the same period,
    household debt and asset structures changed both materially and conceptually as homes became
    investments to financially secure the future and credit became a safety valve as the state withdrew funding
    for social services. Read more…

  • Modern Methodologies: Developments in Doing Sociological Research

    Posted on March 8, 2018

    Reflections on the Event ‘Modern Methodologies: Developments in Doing Sociological Research’

    On February 15th and 16th, The Australian Sociological Association and Western Sydney University Institute for Culture and Society, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, and Graduate Research School co-hosted a two-day workshop for postgraduates and ECRs called “Modern Methodologies: Developments in Doing Sociological Research.”

    This workshop brought together select postgraduates and ECRs to discuss and develop their methodological approaches. Over the two days we saw paper presentations and participant-led panel discussions on topics ranging from critical ethnography and working with vulnerable populations, to creative approaches for interviewing and representing field work. Associate Professor Alphia Possamai-Inesedy from Western Sydney University delivered a keynote on thinking critically about methodology, which spoke to creativity and flexibility in research and included a call to be more open, more slow, not presuppose, and explore the unanticipated in our research. Professor Sujatha Fernandes from Sydney University and Dr Demelza Marlin from Macquarie University joined us for a workshop on uncovering stories, patterns and subjectivities with our work. Emeritus Professor David Rowe and Dr Karen Soldatic, both from Western Sydney University, also joined us for a workshop on methods for transformation and impact. Overall, we focused on issues of reflexivity, positionality, cultivating good intellectual practices, collaboration with other researchers and participants, and ways of communicating the work we do as social researchers.

    Participants reflected that ‘listening to speakers and participants who were being more creative and ‘arty’ with their projects motivated me to think outside the box with analysis and to push forward with a future project I had been toying with.’ The workshop was ‘an inspiring opportunity… The group was friendly, inclusive and shared the highs and lows of the research process… I appreciated the honesty of the academics who came and shared their perspectives. Two days allowed time to connect with other participants and to reflect on common themes such as ethical research, that all researchers encounter blocks and difficulties, and the power of sharing ideas.’

    As part of the event, participants collaboratively produced an event pamphlet. You can download a digital and print version of this below. This pamphlet includes the programme and paper abstracts as well as our notes, questions, ideas, scribbles, marginalia and some photos.

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  • February wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

    Posted on March 6, 2018


    Janine Pickering: Award-winning Swinburne thesis explores gender in STEM management

    Roger Patulny, ‘All the Lonely People

    Kim Toffoletti, ‘From sport widows to sport fans: research tracks evolution of women supporters

    Alexia Maddox, ‘A Digital Bermuda Triangle: The Perils of Doing Ethnography on Darknet Drug Markets

    Crystal Abidin, ‘Elderly Influencers in East Asia, Cyborgology Read more…

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

    Posted on March 3, 2018

    Ben Gook, “Ecstatic Melancholic: Ambivalence, Electronic Music and Social Change around the Fall of the Berlin Wall,” Emotions: History, Culture, Society 1.2 (2017), 11-37.

    Narayanan, Yamini. 2018. ‘Cow protection’ as ‘casteised speciesism’: sacralisation, commercialisation and politicisation. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.  41(3). 10.1080/00856401.2018.1419794.

    Narayanan, Yamini. 2018. Cow Protectionism and Bovine Frozen Semen Farms in India: Analysing Cruelty, Speciesism and Climate Change. Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies. 26 (1), 1-21.

    Alston, M, Clarke, J and Whittenbury, K (2018) ‘Limits to Adaptation: reducing irrigation water in the Murray-Darling Basin dairy communities’ Journal of Rural Studies, Vol 58, pp. 93-102, Read more…

  • February wrap-up: Books by TASA members

    Posted on March 1, 2018

    McLeod, Julie, Sobe, Noah, & Seddon, Terri (2018). Uneven Space-Times of Education: Historical sociologies of concepts, methods and practices2018 World Yearbook of Education, London, Routledge









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  • The Rise of Populism – A Different Lense

    Posted on February 28, 2018

    TASA member Steven Roberts, from Monash University, features in the below video talking about how, “Populism is rapidly rising around the globe. It’s more than political resistance to change – its impact can be felt across the United States, Europe, Australia and beyond.

    It’s taken shape in the form of Brexit, President Donald Trump and One Nation as traditional national states try to retain their power in a more globalised world. The rise of populism is forcing us to rethink foreign policy, business strategy, and human rights issues. As economic uncertainties grow, a rejuvenation of right wing politics continues to gain momentum, forcing us to reconsider who we are as a society.

    But is the rise of populism all bad? Is this shift in politics temporary, and is it an opportunity to realign democracy’s values?

    In this fifth episode of the five-part documentary series ‘A Different Lens’, Monash academics and industry leaders from the areas of education, law, social sciences and politics provide their unique insights into the rise of populism.”

  • HEALTH SOCIOLOGY REVIEW – Call for New Editorial Team

    Posted on February 26, 2018

    Applications are invited for the editorship of the journal HEALTH SOCIOLOGY REVIEW for the four-year term 2019–2022. Transition arrangements will begin in 2018, although the content for the first issue of 2019 will be finalised by the out-going editors.


    • About HSR Health Sociology Review is a journal of TASA and 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 and special issues on matters of central importance to health sociology and related fields. Submissions must make a clear contribution to sociological inquiry relevant to health, but may be informed by conceptual and empirical debates from a broader range of health and social sciences. For further information please see the journal’s web site:
    • Term of editorship: The normal editorship term is 4 years.
    • Editorship requirements: Commitment to produce 3 issues of the journal per year, including book reviews and the thematic issue, and meet the publishing deadlines; commitment to independent peer review procedures that ensure a fair and balanced assessment of material submitted for publication. The HSR Editorial team and TASA Executive shall approve any substantial changes to current review procedures.
    • HSR International Editorial Board: The new editorial team will need to establish a new International Editorial Board. Their establishment shall be in accord with the principles and Constitution of the Association, in particular each Board shall have, to the extent possible, gender balance.
    • Financial support: TASA provides financial support to the editor/s for clerical assistance and other associated costs which cannot be underwritten by the host’s work place.
    • Contractual obligations: The editors must abide by the contractual agreement between TASA and the publisher Taylor and Francis (a copy will be supplied to the successful applicants). Reporting requirements: The editor/s shall provide regular managerial reporting to the Executive Committee and an annual report. One member of the editorial team becomes an ex officio member of the TASA Executive.
    • Removal of editorship: The Executive Committee maintains the right to remove the editorship if essential criteria are consistently not met as outlined in this document.
    • Application process: Applicants must address the guidelines and essential and desirable criteria in this document. Applicants are encouraged to consult with the current editors before making a submission. Applications should be submitted to the TASA office, and applicants should indicate their intention to apply by email to

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  • Call for Submissions: Journal of Sociology – Special Edition 2020

    Posted on February 23, 2018

    The Journal of Sociology is an international journal published four times a year by Sage. Each year the Editors invite expressions of interest from the international community of sociological scholars in guest editing a Special Edition of the Journal. Special Editions may address any sociological theme which is likely to be of interest to the Journal readership.

    Papers featured in special editions are subject to the normal process of peer review. Selection of papers and coordination of the peer review process will be the responsibility of the Guest Editors. Papers may be selected via invitation or a general ‘call for papers’ (organised by the guest editors). Final copy for this special edition is due on the third of September, 2019 and publication will be in March 2020.

    Please submit expressions of interest of no more than 3000 words in length to Kate Huppatz and Steven Matthewman by Monday 9th July, 2018. Expressions of interest should include the following information: Read more…

  • Clare Southerton on what she learned studying sociology

    Posted on February 21, 2018

    TASA member Clare Southerton, from ANU Sociology, talks about some of the things she learned studying sociology at ANU in the video below:

  • PhD Final Stages – Nominating Examiners

    Posted on February 19, 2018

    As you reach the final stages of your PhD, it is important to discuss potential examiners with your supervisory panel. In this video, TASA member James Arvanitakis, & colleagues, talk about some of the important considerations when nominating potential examiners, keeping in mind that the final composition of your examination panel will remain confidential.

  • PhD final stages – Timeline to Submission

    Posted on February 15, 2018

    The final stages leading up to the submission of your thesis can be really stressful, but they can also be really exciting as it means you are getting closer to graduating. In the video below, TASA member James Arvanitakis, & colleagues, from Western Sydney University talk about the timeline in the final stages of your PhD and what you need to be thinking about so that you can be prepared for your submission deadline.

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