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  • Here’s how Australia can act to target racist behaviour online

    Posted on October 18, 2017

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    Racists take advantage of social media algorithms to find people with similar beliefs.

    Andrew Jakubowicz, University of Technology Sydney

    Although racism online feels like an insurmountable problem, there are legal and civil actions we can take right now in Australia to address it.

    Racism expressed on social media sites provided by Facebook and the Alphabet stable (which includes Google and YouTube) ranges from advocacy of white power, support of the extermination of Jews and the call for political action against Muslim citizens because of their faith. Increasingly it occurs within the now “private” pages of groups that “like” racism. Read more…


  • September wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

    Posted on October 15, 2017

    Informed News & Analysis

    Jennifer Power: FactCheck: are children ‘better off’ with a mother and father than withsame-sex parents? The Conversation

    Steve Matthewman: Sociology from Aotearoa New Zealand: Power Politics in Post-Disaster ŌtautahiGlobal Dialogue

    Holly Thorpe: Sociology from Aotearoa New Zealand: Creative Sports in Post-Disaster GeographiesGlobal Dialogue

    Robert Webb: Sociology from Aotearoa New Zealand: Towards an Indigenous CriminologyGlobal Dialogue

    Steve Matthewman & Scott Poynting: The Western bias inherent in disaster reporting

    Catherine Strong: My favourite album: Hole’s Live Through ThisThe Conversation

    Crystal Abidin: Business Briefing: the ‘get rich quick scheme’ influencing what you buyThe Conversation

    Crystal Abidin: From YouTube to TV and Back AgainParticle

    Zareh Ghazarian, Jacqueline Laughland-Booy & Zlatko Skrbis: Young Australians are engaged in political issues, but unsure how democracy worksThe Conversation Read more…


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

    Posted on October 13, 2017

    Journal Articles

    Ben Gook, “Nancy Fraser’s Zeitdiagnose: Capitalism after the Financial Crisis,” Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie (Journal of Political Theory) 7.2, 2017. Free download.

    Lea, E and Marlow, A and Altmann, E and Courtney-Pratt, H, “Nursing students’ preferences for clinical placements in the residential aged care setting”, Journal of Clinical Nursing pp. 1-10. doi:10.1111/jocn.13859 ISSN 0962-1067 (2017) [Refereed Article]

    Cary Bennett (2017) Drugs, moral panics and the dispositiveJournal of Sociology, published online 6th September 2017, DOI: 10.1177/1440783317727877

    Tina Miller, Meredith Nash (2017). ‘I just think something like the “Bubs and Pubs” class is what men should be having’: Paternal subjectivities and preparing for first-time fatherhood in Australia and the United KingdomJournal of Sociology, Volume: 53 issue: 3, page(s): 541-556

    Jo Lindsay & Deb Dempsey (2017) ‘First names and social distinction: Middle-class naming practices in Australia‘, Journal of Sociology, Volume: 53 issue: 3, page(s): 577-591

    Clarissa Carden (2017) ‘As parents congregated at parties’: Responsibility and blame in media representations of violence and school closure in an Indigenous communityThe Journal of Sociology, Volume: 53 issue: 3, page(s): 592-606

    Kristin Natalier (2017) Micro-aggressions, single mothers and interactions with government workers: The case of Australia’s child support bureaucracy, Journal of Sociology, Volume: 53 issue: 3, page(s): 622-636 Read more…


  • September wrap up: Books by TASA members

    Posted on October 11, 2017

    Rachel Busbridge (2017) Multicultural Politics of Recognition and Postcolonial Citizenship: Rethinking the NationRoutledge








    White, R., Wyn, J. & Robards, B. (2017) Youth and Society, fourth edn, Oxford University Press.








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  • Could I be an ally?

    Posted on October 9, 2017

    The below post from TASA member Dr Yarrow AndrewFlinders University, was originally published on the Genders & Sexualities website and has been republished here with the groups’ permission.

    As a member of my University’s Ally network, supporting LGBT+ students, I think a lot about who becomes an ‘ally’, and why. Despite the name, the majority of us are committed LGBT activists, doing our usual bit for the community, rather than allies per se. Sometimes it can see like regular allies are thin on the ground, as if cisgender or heterosexual people cannot see this as something they could or should be doing. Our work, as a support and lobby group within our institution, relies on being seen to represent a significant constituency within the university, so allies are necessary if we are to be effective in what we do.

    I recently read this interesting paper, by Colleen McGloin, about what it means as a feminist educator to be an ally to Indigenous people in the Australian context, and thought some of the points made could just as well be applied to becoming a critical ally in any context, including around sexuality. If you think I am not explaining myself well here, then please look at her paper, which looks at them in more detail. Read more…


  • **IMPORTANT** TASA 2017 program inclusion deadline

    Posted on October 5, 2017

    Please note, all presenters need to be registered by October 10 to be included in the conference program. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so today via the conference website.


  • The Benchmark Sociologist

    Posted on October 4, 2017

    TASA member Lucy Nicholas is a senior lecturer and major disciple coordinator at Swinburne University.

    The TASA 2016 conference held at ACU Melbourne was in many ways one of the most inspiring for gender and sexualities scholars, marking the first year of the Genders and Sexualities Special Interest Group. The room for this stream was often overflowing, testament to the wealth of expertise and interest in this important area, reflecting a surge in social consciousness on these phenomena. Given the energetic and contemporary feel on the ground that reflects the strength of this sub-discipline in Sociology globally, then, I was shocked (and, in fact, appalled) by a comment in one of the keynotes. This keynote, charting the global happiness survey, framed the discussion of gender, marriage and the family with the following statement:

    “because this is a sociological association with a large representation of women, I wanted to build in some discussion around gender, and some discussion around marriage and the family” Read more…


  • Young Australians are engaged in political issues, but unsure how democracy works

    Posted on October 2, 2017

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    Research shows young people are passionate about issues like marriage equality, but many do not understand how governments are formed and prime ministers elected.

    Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University; Jacqueline Laughland-Booy, Monash University, and Zlatko Skrbis, Monash University

    The importance of Australians having the knowledge and skills to participate as active citizens is always a prominent issue. But in the past few months, it has been at the forefront of public discussion.

    Recently, the federal government announced significant changes to citizenship laws, which includes a tougher test. It argues that more care is needed to ensure all new migrants understand the rules and responsibilities associated with becoming an Australian.

    However, it’s not just new arrivals who may be unsure about the workings of Australia’s system of government and democracy. Many of Australia’s more established citizens may also be in the dark. With several federal MPs waiting for the High Court to determine their eligibility to remain in parliament, it appears that even some of our politicians are unsure of what the rules actually are. Read more…


  • Podcast: Toilet run

    Posted on September 29, 2017

    TASA member & Public Engagement Portfolio Leader Nicholas Hookway co hosts the Eavesdrop podcast with Justin Smith. Their latest podcast is available below:


  • Why Should I do a PhD?

    Posted on September 27, 2017

    If you have ever thought about doing a PhD, but you’re not quite sure, this video is for you.  TASA member Professor James Arvanitakis, Dean of Graduate Studies at Western Sydney University talks about some of the reasons you should do a PhD… and then some of the reasons why it might not be the best idea.


  • Host the 2019 or 2020 TASA Conference: Call for Expressions of Interest

    Posted on September 25, 2017

    We are seeking expressions of interest for hosting the November 2019 and the 2020 TASA Conferences.

    The annual conference is a key event for sociologists to present their research and network with peers, usually attracting over 400 participants. Hosting the conference is an ideal opportunity for a university, department or other workplace to showcase their achievements, and promote their strengths. Alternatively a collective of sociologists in and outside of the university sector in a particular city or region may wish to use the conference to highlight the benefits of sociology to a broader audience.

    The intellectual input into the conference is provided by the Local Organising Committee, which will select the theme, invite guest speakers, determine the format and maintain overall responsibility for the success of the conference. The Local Organising Committee is also expected to appoint a media liaison who is responsible for engaging with the press about the conference generally and about specific papers which will be of interest to the public. TASA uses the services of a professional conference organiser to provide continuity in processes and assist in organising the administrative side of the conference. Read more…


  • Launch of the report ‘Temporary Migration and Family Violence: An analysis of victimisation, vulnerability and support’.

    Posted on September 20, 2017

    The Monash Gender and Family Violence Program and the Border Crossing Observatory, together with InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence will be launching a report into temporary migration and family violence. This report is based on a research collaboration with InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence in 2016, and draws on an extensive evidence base.

    The report provides evidence of specific issues pertaining to temporary migration status and family violence: it details the ways in which migration status is used as leverage to control and exploit, the specificity of risk in relation to migration status, the range of exploitative practices that occur including evidence of trafficking and slavery-like practices, the limits of current support mechanisms and the benefits of specialised risk management. The report recommendations support the recognition that family violence in all its forms must end and that evidence-based responses are essential as we work collaboratively towards a future free of gendered violence.

    The report will be launched by Helen Kapalos, the Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, on Thursday 12th October at 11am at the Monash Law Chambers (555 Latrobe St, Melbourne).

    To RSVP, please submit your details directly here.


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