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  • Expressions of our deepest sympathy to our Aotearoa-New Zealand colleagues in SAANZ

    Posted on March 19, 2019

    Dear Associate Professor Matthewman (Steve)

    I write to you on behalf of the TASA Executive to express our deepest sympathy to our Aotearoa-New Zealand colleagues in SAANZ following the Christchurch terror attacks. We offer a particular message of support to members in Christchurch, members of Muslim heritage and those directly affected by Friday’s tragedy. The shocking and callous attack on the Muslim community at a time and place both sacred and vulnerable was an attack on a city finding its feet after previous tragedy. It is also a profound attack on shared values of peace, tolerance and respect for diversity and human rights. Many of our TASA members have deep connections to New Zealand and are feeling the impact of this attack but we also recognise with horror that the person responsible was Australian and his violent extremism cultivated here. Your TASA neighbours have you in our thoughts but realise it is also a time for action. It is a time to commit sociology, to renew our efforts to understand and counter the roots of extremism and hate, particularly at this time the dangers of white supremacy, its narrative and the politics that supports it.

    As friends and colleagues, you are in our hearts this week and we offer solidarity as the New Zealand community heals and repairs.

    Dan Woodman

  • If you’ve got private health insurance, the choice to use it in a public hospital is your own

    Posted on March 19, 2019

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    When you’re admitted to a public hospital, they’ll want to know if you have private health insurance.

    Sophie Lewis, UNSW; Karen Willis, La Trobe University, and Rebecca E. Olson, The University of Queensland

    You arrive at your local public hospital for treatment. The hospital staff ask for your name, date of birth and address. They ask if you have Medicare and private health insurance. Then they ask if you would like to be admitted as a public or private patient. You’re unsure. You’re left wondering whether this decision will affect the care you receive.

    Almost all patients will be asked, either verbally or via a standard admission form, whether they have private health insurance and wish to use it.

    In our research projects we’ve spoken to Australians with private health insurance who have received treatment in public hospitals. Many people say they find it difficult to decide whether to be a private or public patient. They are unsure of the benefits and costs, and where to find this information. Read more…

  • Creative Sociology and So Fi Zine

    Posted on March 14, 2019

    Ashleigh Watson

    Creativity and imagination are central to sociology, as they arguably are to varying extents in all research and analysis. Interestingly, people are really leaning into this creativity—arts practices are increasingly present in social research and in sociological projects that directly engage with Mills’ notion of sociological imagination. This isn’t only in translational ways, i.e. to creatively represent the findings of research for engagement and outreach purposes. Practices like poetry and photography are starting to be used as methods by researchers themselves and in participatory projects. With art we can explore research problems and communicate our ideas in different ways, we can stimulate memory and discussion, and challenge our students to think sociologically. Art can help us understand elements of theory, knowledge, data and experience that are hard to get at otherwise. Read more…

  • February wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

    Posted on March 11, 2019

    Informed News & Analysis

    Kathleen Flanagan, Chris Martin, Julie Lawson & Keith Jacobs (February 6, 2019) Is social housing essential infrastructure? How we think about it does matterThe Conversation. 

    Natalier, K. (2019). Australia’s Child Support System Facilitates Economic AbusePower to Persuade.

    Waling, A. (2019). Fear of discrimination stops LGBTI Australians from seeking mental health supportStar Observer. 

    Waling, A. (2019). Better supporting LGBTI people in crisis. The Courier. 05.02.2019.

    Ana-Maria Bliuc, Andrew Jakubowicz & Kevin Dunn (January 30, 2019) Racism in a networked world: how groups and individuals spread racist hate onlineThe Conversation. 

    Deborah Lupton (7 February, 2019) Why are Australians still using Facebook? The Conversation. 

    Lisa Denny (20 February, 2019) Choosing a career? These jobs won’t go out of style. The Conversation.

    Hannah McCann & Lucy Nicolas  (18 February, 2019) Gender troubles​Inside Story.

    Kate Huppatz, JaneMaree Maher et al. (17 February, 2019) ‘Another level’: Why Meghan has been cast as a villainThe Sydney Morning Herald. 

    Raewyn Connell (February, 2019) The Problem With a Fight Against ‘Toxic Masculinity’The Atlantic. 

    Andrew Singleton (27 February, 2019) After Pell, the Catholic Church must undergo genuine reform. The Conversation.

    Gavin Smith (19 February, 2019) Why we fear snakes – and it’s not because they kill usThe Canberra Times. 


    Kirsten Harley (5 February, 2019) The NDISKirsten Harley, Living with MND. 

    Ruth Jeanes, Ramón Spaaij & Jonathan Magee (5 February, 2019) Football, Healing, and Mental Health RecoverySportsocs.

    Lesley Pruitt & Erica Rose Jeffrey (4 February, 2019) Dancing through the dissonance: The body politic in 2019. BroadAgenda. 

    Kirsten Harley (8 January, 2019) Six years! Kirsten Harley, Living with MND. 

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  • February wrap-up: Books / Book Chapters/Reviews by TASA members

    Posted on March 9, 2019

    Andrew Peterson, Garth Stahl and Hannah Soong (2020) (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education. Springer International Publishing.






    Patulny, R, Bellocchi A, Olson, R, Khorana, S, McKenzie, J, Peterie, M (eds) (2019). Emotions in Late Modernity, London/New York: Routledge (for the Series on the Sociology of Emotions).







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

    Posted on March 6, 2019

    Journal Articles

    Harvey, Andrew, & Mallman, Mark (2019). Beyond cultural capital: Understanding the strengths of new migrants within higher education. Policy Futures in Education

    Joel Windle (2019) Neoliberalism, imperialism and conservatism: tangled logics of educational inequality in the global South, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2019.1569878

    Joel Windle & Quentin Maire (2019) Beyond the global city: a comparative analysis of cosmopolitanism in middle-class educational strategies in Australia and Brazil, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2019.1573905

    Schermuly, A. C. and Forbes-Mewett, H. (In press) Police legitimacy: Perspectives of migrants and non-migrants in Australia. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice. (Accepted 29 January 2019) Read more…

  • Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Shakira Hussein

    Posted on March 4, 2019

    Last year, TASA created a ‘Sociologists Looking for Work‘ registry, to help connect members looking for work with people looking to hire tutors, research assistants, consultants, and more. We will be doing regular spotlights on sociologists looking for work. This post is part of that spotlight series… 

    Dr Shakira Hussein is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute. She is a regular commentator on issues of gender, Islam, and multiculturalism. Shakira’s areas of expertise are gender, racism, muslim communities in Sth Asia and the West, far-right extremism & disability. Dr Shakira Hussein, who has experience in research, teaching, public engagement, and consultancy including expert witness reports, is looking for work in research and teaching. You can contact Shakira by emailing

  • Choosing a career? These jobs won’t go out of style

    Posted on February 25, 2019

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    Careers in health care, education and design are unlikely to be automated.

    Lisa Denny, University of Tasmania

    Sensationalist claims that 40% of jobs in Australia won’t exist in the future are unhelpful for young Australians thinking about entering the workforce. The reality is some jobs will no longer exist, new jobs will be created and most jobs will undergo some form of transformation. The skills we need for work are changing, but young Australians can plan for these changes.

    Fears of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) wiping out future work are well founded – new technology is changing the way we work. But as the current workforce grows up alongside an ageing population, future generations will have many job opportunities, if they acquire the right skills. Read more…

  • New Health Network website

    Posted on February 21, 2019

    Please join TASA members, and others, in building the HEALTH Network.  If health is your field, you can become a member,  tell them about your work, as well as share your commentaries, insights, questions, interventions, and suggestions. You can also send them notices about events and publications for posting on their website as well as propose new HEALTH Network activities.

  • Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Annetta Mallon

    Posted on February 18, 2019

    Last year, TASA created a ‘Sociologists Looking for Work‘ registry, to help connect members looking for work with people looking to hire tutors, research assistants, consultants, and more. We will be doing regular spotlights on sociologists looking for work. This post is part of that spotlight series… 

    Annetta Mallon is a social researcher, Thanadoula, with a strong track record of positive academic outcomes combined with both teamwork and independent task completion within parameters. Dr Mallon is currently conducting an international research project with End Of Life (EOL) Doulas in four countries. She teaches and writes lectures/courses in the areas of social research methods; health, illness and biomedicine; risk and change in the 21st century; diversity, sexualities and gender; and end of life.

    Dr Mallon’s area of expertise also include Ageing, Arts, Bodies and Embodiment, Communication, Community Research, Development and Social Change, Family, Intimacy and Relationships, Feminism, Health, Knowledge, Language and Society, Media, Communication, Information and Public Opinion, Medicine, Mental Health and Illness, Methodology, Qualitative research, Risk, Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change, Teaching Sociology, Visual Sociology, and Women in Society.

    Dr Mallon, who has experience in unit coordination, teaching, and research, is looking for work in teaching (tutorials, seminars, lectures, marking), research (qualitative experience) and consultancy.

    You can email Dr Mallon find out more details via her website.

  • Save the date: Social Sciences Week 2019

    Posted on February 14, 2019

    Social Sciences Week is an opportunity for social scientists to engage non-academic audiences with cutting edge social science research, to showcase the diversity and relevance of social science. It will include interactive community and school-based events, bringing the social sciences to life, particularly for the next generation of university students, social scientists and citizens. We encourage you to plan an event/s for Social Sciences Week this year – 9 – 15 September, 2019.

  • January wrap-up: Books / Book Chapters/Reviews by TASA members

    Posted on February 12, 2019


    Rick Iedema, Katherine Carroll, Aileen Collier, Su-yin Hor, Jessica Mesman, Mary Wyer (2019) Video Reflexive Ethnography in Health Research and Healthcare Improvement: Theory and ApplicationRoutledge.








    Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson & Signe Ravn (2018). Youth, Risk, Routine: A New Perspective on Risk-Taking in Young Lives, 1st EditionRoutledge. 








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