Member: Erin CarlisleWhat are you researching?I’m developing a new approach to a theory of collective political action by bringing political social theory into dialogue with hermeneutic phenomenological philosophy, and critically comparing the work of Hannah Arendt, Cornelius Castoriaids, and Peter Wagner.What drew you to this topic?
Good question! I guess I’ve been interested in what politics ‘is’ and what political action ‘does’ for a long time, mostly in light of conversations with friends about dissatisfaction and frustration with the political process in Australia, and the rest of the world more broadly. My honours thesis focussed on the television show Q&A, and considered whether that constituted a form of political engagement. My PhD takes the question of what politics is and what political action looks like even further, as a theoretical and philosophical question.What have been the highlights of your Postgraduate journey?I was lucky to be accepted to present at the European Sociological Conference in Prague in 2015, and won a Junior Scholar award for the paper I presented there. Prague was fantastic; Bauman was a keynote speaker in the opening address, and I even asked Agnes Heller a question in her symposium (#nerdalert). I’ve also been really lucky to develop great friendships with other sociology RhD students at Flinders, I wouldn’t be where I am without their support.What do you wish you had known before you started?How f#&*ing hard a PhD is! And how isolating it can be. Although you read information and blogs about the PhD being hard and isolating etc, you kind of take it with a grain of salt and go “pfft it can’t be that hard, that won’t happen to me”. Nope – it did, and does.What advice would you give to others who are either just beginning, or contemplating starting post graduate study?First, I’d say don’t give in to the ‘impostor syndrome’, or beat yourself up too much throughout the process. You and your work are great, just push yourself further. (I don’t admit to taking my own advice, by the way).Second, talk to your peers and academics about the whole process, about their experiences – the good and the bad – and really think about whether undertaking higher study is something you can and want to do. And more importantly, whether it is something you can kick-ass at, because you need to kick-ass if you want to have a career in research or academia. I have said throughout my journey that “if i had known X, Y, Z, then maybe I wouldn’t have done the PhD”. Although I said that (frequently) through the (very) low-points of the research process, I’ve also learnt a lot about myself and opened an amazing pathway for my future, one where I hope to make a difference in the way we think about and participate in politics.What do you do when you aren’t working on your research?Ha, as if I have time to not be working on my research right now.. But: hanging out with friends; cartoons (classic Simpsons, Rick and Morty, South Park, etc); football (go Crows!); drinking (with friends, not alone (yet)); and travelling (next on the list is a return to Europe, to celebrate submitting my thesis).Thanks Erin! If you think you could answer our 6 quick questions, drop us an email at email@example.com.
TASA members Brad West, University of South Australia talking about the recent Turkish referendum. . Please note, this report was originally published in TASA’s Cultural Sociology thematic group blog space.
The recent Turkish referendum that enhanced presidential power has fundamental repercussions for parliamentary democracy in the country and for Turkish-West relations.
It is also significant for the collective memory and commemoration of WWI Gallipoli Campaign in both Australia and Turkey.
Even prior to the referendum the numbers of Australians along with other Westerners visiting Turkey had already dramatically declined following the 2016 attempted coup d’état and a series of terrorists attacks, including at Istanbul’s main airport.
The recent warnings from the Australian government over the potential of terrorists directly targeting Anzac Day on the Gallipoli battlefields and then a dramatic decline in the actual number Australians and New Zealander ‘pilgrims’ attending services on the battlefields, with estimates as little as 1000, may reflect the start of a general shift away from Australians having a commemorative focus on the battlefields. 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 the impact of the dominant theory on groups.
“They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.” Terry Pratchett. I have just been reading Dean Burnett’s book, The Idiot Brain. It’s worth a read. It’s a book about how the brain works. This, it transpires, is not how most of us think about it. One section I thought ought to be of particular concern to Sociologists is the section on how the brain is influenced by other people. This is our territory, not the psychologists’. It deals with: how we can be conned. How the brain reacts to being part of a group and lots of other situations. Read more…
Nicholas Hookway: How kind are we?
Ashley Barnwell et al: Memory, Socbites
Roslyn Russell, Dina Bowman, Marcus Banks and Ashton de Silva: All being well? Understanding Financial wellbeing, inclusion and risk. A summary of the presentations to the joint Brotherhood of St Laurence and RMIT University seminar
Penny Jane Burke, Anna Bennett, Matthew Bunn, Jacqueline Stevenson and Sue Clegg. (2017) ‘It’s about time: Working towards more equitable understandings of the impact of time for students in higher education’. Report for the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.
Melissa Phillips & Antje Missbach: Co-editors of a Special Issue on Transit Migration: Renewing the Focus on a Global Phenomenon, International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, 2017 Vol. 3 No. 2/3
Suzi Adams, Paul Blokker, Jeremy CA Smith (Eds.) Social Imaginaries, Volume 3, issue 1 (Spring 2017)
Dina Bowman, Marcus Banks, Geraldine Fela, Roslyn Russell and Ashton de Silva: Understanding financial wellbeing in times of insecurity, BSL / RMIT
Three years after New South Wales’ housing minister announced that all 579 public housing tenants in Millers Point, Dawes Point and the Sirius Building would be moved within two years and their homes sold, only 24 tenants are still resisting the move. So far, 151 properties have been sold for A$400.89 million, with a median sale price of $2.44 million.
The NSW government would argue that these statistics indicate the displacement has been a great success. But, drawing on 40 in-depth interviews I conducted with tenants, the displacement has been a monumental policy failure on various levels.
Let’s begin with the justifications for the displacement. The NSW government’s main justifications were that the homes were expensive to maintain and that the escalation of house prices in Millers Point represented an opportunity to raise $500 million that would be used to build 1,500 additional social housing dwellings. Read more…
BREAKING NEWS: The local organising committee have just added an extra day to the TASA 2017 submission deadline making it this Friday June 16, midnight.
Chesters, J. and Daly, A. (2017) Do peer effects mediate the association between family socioeconomic status and educational achievement? Australian Journal of Social Issues 52: 63-77
Melissa Phillips & Antje Missbach. (2017). Economies of transit: exploiting migrants and refugees in Indonesia and Libya. International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, 2017 Vol.3, No.2/3, pp.139 – 157
Scott Fitzpatrick & Claire Hooker. (2017). A ‘systems’ approach to suicide prevention: radical change or doing the same things better? Public Health Research and Practice, 27 (2).
Marcus Maloney, Steven Roberts and Alexandra Caruso (2017). ‘Mmm … I love it, bro!’: Performances of masculinity in YouTube gaming. New Media & Society (Sage Online First) http://journals.
Burns, E. A. (2017). Responding to student reaction to a simple spreadsheet exercise in a sociology undergraduate class. Spreadsheets in Education (eJSiE), 9(3), 1-17.
Wickes, J. and Aberdeen, L., 2017. The Diaries of Daisy Smith: The Experience of Citizenship for an Exempted Family in Mid‐Twentieth Century Queensland. Australian Journal of Politics & History, 63(1), pp.62-77.
Ben Lohmeyer, (2017) “Youth and their workers: the interacting subjectification effects of neoliberal social policy and NGO practice frameworks“, Journal of Youth Studies, published online: 07 May, doi: 10.1080/13676261.
Alan Morris, Kath Hulse, Hal Pawson (2017). Long-term private renters: Perceptions of security and insecurity, Journal of Sociology. OnlineFirst
Rodriguez Castro, L. (2017), The Embodied Countryside: Methodological Reflections in Place. Sociologia Ruralis. doi:10.1111/soru.12172.
Erin Carlisle (2017) On the Possibilities of Political Action in-the-World: Pathways Through Arendt, Castoriadis and Wagner, Social Imaginaries
Southgate, E., Brosnan, C., Lempp, H., Kelly, B., Wright, S., Outram, S., & Bennett, A. (2017). Travels in extreme social mobility: how first-in-family students find their way into and through medical education. Critical Studies in Education, 58(2), 242-260. doi: 10.1080/17508487.2016.1263223
McDermott, V., Henne, K. & Hayes, J. (forthcoming, 2017) Shifting Risk to the Frontline: Case Studies in Different Contract Working Environments, Journal of Risk Research, DOI: 10.1080/
Theresa Petray & Rowan Collin (2017). Your Privilege Is Trending: Confronting Whiteness on Social Media, Social Media & Policy
Greg Marston, Marcus Banks & Juan Zhang (2017). The role of human emotion in decisions about credit: policy and practice considerations, Critical Policy Studies
Mike Dee (2017) Big data, urban citizenship, and the world machine. The Global Studies Journal, 10(2), pp. 41-49.
Nafiseh Ghafournia (2017) Muslim women and domestic violence: Developing a framework for social work practice, Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 36:1-2, 146-163, DOI: 10.1080/15426432.2017.1313150
Nafiseh Ghafournia (2017). Towards a New Interpretation of Quran 4:34, Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World (2017)
James Arvanitakis discusses the 5 reasons for doing a Confirmation of Candidature in the below video:
David Rowe: For cities, hosting major sporting events is a double-edged sword, The Conversation
Ben Spies-Butcher et al.:The strange accounting behind the proposed HECS changes, The Conversation
Ben Spies-Butcher et al.:Budget 2017-18 brings welfare crackdown and increased defence and security funding: experts respond, The Conversation
Erika Altmann: Why Chinese investors find Australian real estate so alluring, The Conversation
Deborah Lupton: The ABC’s Ask the Doctor sends mixed messages about obesity, The Conversation
David Rowe: Live odds ban debate exposes sport and gambling’s uncomfortable mutual dependency, The Conversation
Jo Lindsay & Deb Dempsey: Most popular names: what happens when they all turn up at the same time? The Age
Mike Dee: Letter to the Editor – defending the comments made by Yassmin Abdel-Magied on Anzac Day, The Australian, April 28, page 15
Catherine Strong, James Arvanitakis & colleagues: Sgt Pepper’s at 50 – the greatest thing you ever heard or just another album? The Conversation
Alan Morris & colleagues: The insecurity of private renters – how do they manage it? The Conversation