Just 13% of those composing music for screen are women, according to membership figures from APRA AMCOS, the organisation that looks after copyright for songwriters, composers and music publishers in Australia.
Female screen composers sit at the intersection of two industries – music and film – that have both been recognised as being male-dominated. To better understand the pathways and barriers for women in this field, and why women in music are underrepresented more generally, APRA AMCOS commissioned research in this area early this year (conducted by myself and Fabian Cannizzo), which has just been released. Read more…
TASA member Alan Scott, is the Continuing Education Officer for the Applied Sociology thematic group. Each month, Alan writes about a topic that has caught his eye. This month’s topic is about Sociology and Law.
I have never thought much about Sociology and Law (criminal or common). My dictionary of Sociology tells me that Sociology stands in a critical relationship with orthodox legal theory and implies that in academia it clashes with the subjects of other departments and is somewhat frowned upon. What turned my thoughts to the law was an article on Terms and Conditions (see attached), which tells about the traps we can fall into by not reading them, and that many are written by the legal system to totally put us off reading them. As someone has remarked if you want a new programme for your computer you are much more interested in downloading and using it than reading the terms and conditions. Another area where people often fall into traps is with insurance policies. Recently, people have found that the Commonwealth Bank would not pay out on claims because some clever person worked out that if they used old definitions for a number of things, they could argue that the claimant could be told, they were not covered, thus saving the bank lots of money and probably getting quick promotion. As far as I know no one has been sacked or charged when the process was challenged. Read more…
Mobilising health sociology for impact: How can complex understandings of injustice and inequality be used in policy and practice?
Friday 13th October 2017, UNSW Sydney
TASA’s Health Sociology thematic group has opened registrations for the 2017 TASA Health Day. Full details of the event are available via the event’s webpage here.Register here
It’s time to debunk the myth of zero housing costs in retirement if we want to understand why retirees resist downsizing. Retirees have at least five reasons to be wary of the costs of downsizing.
Retirees living in middle-ring suburbs face frequent calls to downsize into apartments to free up larger allotments in these suburbs for redevelopment. Retirees who fail to downsize into smaller units and apartments are viewed as being a greedy, baby-boomer elite, stealing financial security from younger generations.
It also makes sense to policymakers for retirees to move into less spacious accommodation and make way for high-density housing. Housing think-tank AHURI fosters this view. Yet seniors remain resistant to moving, in part because of the ongoing costs they would face.
Further reading: Lack of housing choice frustrates would-be downsizers
The concept of zero housing costs in retirement is based on a 1940s view of a well-maintained, single dwelling on a single allotment of land where the mortgage has been paid off. This concept is incompatible with medium- and high-density housing and refusing to acknowledge ongoing housing costs may cause significant poverty for retirees. Read more…
Universities in Australia have a serious problem with sexual assault and sexual harassment. The Australian Human Rights Commission’s survey, released today, documents that large numbers of students have experienced sexual assault and harassment.
This is no surprise. National and international studies have already established that the risks of sexual and dating violence are highest among university-aged populations. And key risk factors for sexual violence, including sexist norms and gender inequalities, thrive in some campus contexts.
Universities are already adopting systems and policies for responding to victims and survivors. But they also must act to prevent sexual assault and harassment from happening in the first place. Read more…
From the archives: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, past Editor in Chief, Journal of Sociology, current Vice President of TASA.
The ever changing world of academia has two recent phenomena that appear to be here for the foreseeable future, namely the impact of research funding agencies and the quantification of our work. Open Access (OA) is related to both of these. Funding bodies demand it and by making use of OA, academics can influence the reach and impact of their research. The following article outlines definitions of and policies about OA and provides an overview of the toolbox available to academic researchers to broaden the access of their research and, in turn, potentially increase its impact.
For academics, OA means making research, whether published as journal articles, book chapters or monographs, freely available to anyone with an Internet connection. An important characteristic of OA is that users can not only access, but also make use of, research materials for any lawful purpose (such as downloading, sharing, and passing them as data to software), thereby avoiding the pay wall structures of university affiliations or journal subscriptions. This occurs when the author publishes through a journal that provides Gold Access, which has publication fee structures set by publishing houses, or uses Green Access by self-archiving a version of the article for free public use in an institutional or discipline repository after publication. Read more…
TASA member and Public Engagement Portfolio Leader Nicholas Hookway and his friend Justin take turns telling stories of the everyday. From dealing with potty mouth toddlers, to the dramas of amateur sporting heroics and contemporary funeral fashions, they combine social commentary with a healthy dose of piss taking to shed light on life’s big questions and the small annoying ones. You can listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.
com/au/podcast/eavesdrop- stories-of-the-everyday/ id1182917786?mt=2
Zlatko Skrbiš (2017) P. Beilharz, T. Hogan and S. Shaver, The Martin Presence: Jean Martin and the Making of the Social Sciences in Australia, Journal of Sociology
Petra Bueskens, ‘Poverty-traps and pay-gaps: why (single) mothers need basic income’ in Views of a Universal Basic Income: Perspectives from across Australia, The Greens Institute, pp. 42-51.
Pienaar, K., Dilkes-Frayne, E., Fraser, S., Kokanovic, R., Moore, D., Treloar, C. and Dunlop, A. (2017). Experiences of alcohol and other drug addiction, dependence or habit in Australia: Findings and recommendations from a national qualitative study. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. ISBN: 978-0-9942806-4-0.
Johns, Amelia., Noble, Greg, & Harris, Anita (2017) After Cronulla: ‘Where the Bloody Hell Are We Now?’ Journal of Intercultural Studies
Stevens, C. (2017) ‘Now I can never go back’: The thwarted returns of temporary labour migrants from China in Perth, Western Australia, Transitions: Journal of Temporary Migration 1(1): 65-83
Clancey Garner, Westcott Harriet. “This rabid fight for survival”: Small NGO manager’s experiences of funding reform. Australian Journal of Social Issues. 2017;00:1–17, doi: 10.1002/ajs4.9.
Bourgault du Coudray, C, & Elliott, K (eds) (2017), ‘De-story the joint’, Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge, vol. 36.
Elliott, K, & Bourgault du Coudray, C (2017), ‘Introduction: “de-storying the joint”’, Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge, vol. 36, pp. 1-4.
Dobson, A.S. Sexting in context: understanding gendered sexual media practices beyond inherent ‘risk’ and ‘harm’. In Cybercrime and its Victims. Edited by E. Martellozzo and E. Jane. Routledge
Stefanie Plage, Indigo Willing, Zlatko Skrbiš, Ian Woodward (2017) Australianness as fairness: implications for cosmopolitan encounters, Journal of Sociology
Michelle Peterie (2017) Docility and desert: Government discourses of compassion in Australia’s asylum seeker debate, Journal of Sociology
Jacqueline Laughland-Booÿ, Zlatko Skrbiš, Bruce Tranter (2017) Narratives of nationhood: Young Australians’ concepts of nation and their attitudes towards ‘boat people’, Journal of Sociology
John G Scott, Jodie Grigg, Monica Barratt, Simon Lenton (2017) Social capital and cannabis supply, Journal of Sociology
Vivienne Waller (2017) Engaging students and their publics through making sociological films, Journal of Sociology
Juliet Watson, Hernán Cuervo (2017) Youth homelessness: A social justice approach,Journal of Sociology
Mara A. Yerkes, Bill Martin, Janeen Baxter, Judy Rose (2017) An unsettled bargain? Mothers’ perceptions of justice and fairness in paid work, Journal of Sociology
Johanna Wyn, Hernán Cuervo, Jessica Crofts, Dan Woodman (2017) Gendered transitions from education to work: The mysterious relationship between the fields of education and work, Journal of Sociology
Lesley Pruitt (2017) Youth, politics, and participation in a changing world, Journal of Sociology
Alan Morris (2017) “It was like leaving your family”: Gentrification and the impacts of displacement on public housing tenants in inner-Sydney, Australian Journal of Social Issues
Alan Morris (2017) The removal of Millers Point public housing tenants in inner-Sydney by the New South Wales government: Narratives of government and tenants, Urban Policy and Research
Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “#familygoals: Family Influencers, Calibrated Amateurism, and Justifying Young Digital Labour.” Social Media + Society 3(2): 1-15. DOI: 10.1177/2056305117707191
Garth Stahl (2017). Constituting neoliberal subjects? ‘Aspiration’ as technology of government in UK policy discourse, Journal of Education Policy
McKenzie, Lara & Dales, Laura 2017, ‘Choosing love? Tensions and transformations of modern marriage in Married at First Sight’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.
Pruitt, Lesley J. 2017. “Youth, Politics and Participation in a Changing World.” Journal of Sociology.
Pruitt, Lesley J., Gemma Hamilton, Georgina Heydon, and Ceridwen Spark. “Abbott’s ‘Budget Crisis,’ CALD Women’s Loss? Service Providers Explore the Impact of Funding Cuts.” Australian Journal of Political Science.
Giordan, G. and A. Possamai (2017) Mastering the devil: A sociological analysis of the practice of a Catholic exorcist, Current Sociology 63 (4): 444-460.
Hook, G. (2017) Contesting family-based violence: sole parenting possibilities and alternatives, Journal of Family Studies
Teresa Swist & Philippa Collin (2017) Platforms, data and children’s rights: Introducing a ‘networked capability approach’. New Media and Society
Meryl Alper, Gerard Goggin (2017) Digital technology and rights in the lives of children with disabilities. New Media and Society
Deborah Lupton & Ben Williamson (2017) The datafied child: The dataveillance of children and implications for their rights. New Media and Society
Pienaar, K & Dilkes-Frayne, E. 2017. Telling different stories, making new realities: The ontological politics of ‘addiction’ biographies. International Journal of Drug Policy, early online.
Fraser, S,, Pienaar, K., Dilkes-Frayne, E., Moore, D., Kokanovic, R., Treloar, C & Dunlop, A. 2017, Addiction stigma and the biopolitics of liberal modernity: A qualitative analysis. International Journal of Drug Policy, early online.
Moore, D., Pienaar, K., Dilkes-Frayne, E & Fraser, S. 2017, ‘http://www.ijdp.org/article/
S0955-3959(17)30015-4/fulltext Challenging the addiction/health binary with assemblage thinking: An analysis of consumer accounts‘ International Journal of Drug Policy, early online.
Dilkes-Frayne, E., Fraser, S., Pienaar, K. & Kokanovic, R. (2017). Iterating ‘addiction’: Residential relocation and the spatio-temporal production of alcohol and other drug consumption patterns. International Journal of Drug Policy, early online.
Kristin Natalier (2017) Micro-aggressions, single mothers and interactions with government workers: The case of Australia’s child support bureaucracy, Journal of Sociology
Harris, Anita & Melinda Herron (2017) Young People and Intercultural Sociality after Cronulla, Journal of Intercultural Studies.
Amanda Wise (2017) The Long Reach of the Riots: Denying Racism, Forgetting Cronulla, Journal of Intercultural Studies.
Shakira Hussein & Scott Poynting (2017) ‘We’re Not Multicultural, but … ’ . Journal of Intercultural Studies.
Amelia Johns (2017) Flagging White Nationalism ‘After Cronulla’: From the Beach to the Net, Journal of Intercultural Studies.
Wickham, G., B. Evers, and J. Goodie (2017) ‘The State and Civility: A Crucial Nexus’, European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology 4:2, pp.135-155.
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