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  • 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

    Books

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

    Posted on February 9, 2019

    Journal articles

    Hamilton, M., Botfield, J., Newman, C.E., Persson, A., valentine, k., Bryant, J., Wallace, J. (2018) Hidden carers for an increasingly hidden illness? A scoping review of the needs of informal carers of people with HIV in the contemporary treatment era. International Journal of Carers and Caring, 2(4): 529-549. https://doi.org/10.1332/239788218X15411705099442

    Grant, Ruby, Kim Beasy, Sherridan Emery and Bianca Coleman (2018) ‘Beyond Safety?: Teachers and school staff approaches to LGBTI-inclusion in Tasmanian Schools.’ International Journal of Inclusive Educationhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13603116.2018.1555866

    Grant, Ruby and Meredith Nash (2018) ‘Educating Queer Sexual Citizens? A qualitative feminist exploration of bisexual and queer young women’s sex education in Tasmania, Australia.’ Sex Educationhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14681811.2018.1548348

    Brijnath, B., Gahan, L., Gaffy, E., & Dow, B. (2018). “Build Rapport, Otherwise No Screening Tools in the World Are Going to Help”: Frontline Service Providers’ Views on Current Screening Tools for Elder AbuseThe Gerontologist, Advanced Access publication December 20, 2018. doi:10.1093/geront/gny166 Read more…


  • January wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

    Posted on February 6, 2019

    Informed News & Analysis

    Rachel Busbridge & Mark Chou (January 16, 2019) Forcing Australia Day citizenship ceremonies on councils won’t make the issue go awayThe Conversation.

    Helen Forbes-Mewett (January 15, 2019) was on SBS news on Tuesday, described as a sociologist, commenting on international student mental health following a coroners report that had drawn on Helen’s work.  To view, click here and sign in to SBS on Demand (Helen is on from 18:11).

    Christopher Mayes (January 11, 2019) Cultivating a nation: why the mythos of the Australian farmer is problematicThe Conversation. 

    Rachel Busbridge (January 7, 2019) The far-right may think they own ‘nationalism’, but we can reclaim it as a force for goodThe Conversation.  Read more…


  • Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Christian Mauri

    Posted on February 4, 2019

    Recently, 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…

    Christian Mauri’s research deals with the employment and work situations of sessional academics, and has been published in the Journal of Time and Society, and in the soon to be released edited collections, “The Postdoc Landscape” and “The Social Structures of Global Academia”. Christian has years of experience in both the disability sector and in higher education, and has taught in a variety of fields at different levels. He was the 2017 recipient of Murdoch University’s Early Career and Teaching Excellence citation.

    Christian’s area of expertise also includes comparative sociology, critical disability studies, education, knowledge, occupations and professions, organization, precarity and the precariat, social class and social stratification, social theory, teaching sociology and work. Christian is looking for work in both teaching (online/face-to-face tutorials, seminars, lectures) and online marking and research assistance (qualitative).

    You can contact Christian Mauri by email.

     


  • The far-right may think they own ‘nationalism’, but we can reclaim it as a force for good

    Posted on January 31, 2019

    Rachel Busbridge, Australian Catholic University

    We see the word “nationalism” as problematic. The weekend rally on St Kilda beach, organised by far-right activist Neil Erikson, reminds us nationalism is the territory of fringe groups who hold bigoted views, particularly towards people who aren’t “white”.

    Nationalism means:

    Identification with one’s own nation and support for its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.

    We often think about nationalism in these terms. To be a nationalist means loving your own country in a strident manner while being fairly suspicious of people in other countries.

    The global rise of populism and the solid electoral gains made by far-right and xenophobic parties across the Western world seems to have underscored the association between nationalism and the base and aggressive in human politics. Read more…


  • Forcing Australia Day citizenship ceremonies on councils won’t make the issue go away

    Posted on January 28, 2019

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    The Australia Day debate will likely become more pronounced each year.
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    Rachel Busbridge, Australian Catholic University and Mark Chou, Australian Catholic University

    In the latest instalment of the culture wars surrounding Australia Day, Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday said he plans to force councils to hold citizenship ceremonies on January 26. The announcement was spurred on by a few local councils’ decisions to move citizenship events to a different day out of respect for Indigenous people.

    Morrison claimed he was protecting the day from those trying to “play politics”. And opposition leader Bill Shorten, as well as others on social media, accused the prime minister of playing politics himself.

    Read more…


  • Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Na’ama Carlin

    Posted on January 21, 2019

    Recently, 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…

    Na'ama Carlin

    Dr Na’ama Carlin has a PhD in Social Sciences (Sociology) from UNSW. Presently Dr Carlin teaches, convenes, and lectures at UNSW. Dr Carlin’s teaching areas are classic and contemporary sociology and social theory, technologies, intro to sociology, sociology and human rights, social theory and policy, and culture and research. Dr Carlin’s primary research areas are sociology of religion, health and illness, embodiment and the body. Dr Carlin is also public commentator on topical and political issues.

    Dr Carlin’s area of expertise also includes applied sociology, bodies and embodiment, communication, culture and cultural policy, digital media, digital sociology, feminism, gender and sexuality, history of sociology, human rights and global justice, language and society, media, communication, information and public opinion, political sociology, social theory, and teaching sociology. Dr Carlin is looking for work in both teaching (tutorials, seminars, lectures) and research assistance (including consultancy).

    You can contact Dr Carlin by email or visit their Academia.edu profile.


  • December wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

    Posted on January 10, 2019

    Informed News & Analysis

    Lawrie Zion, Andrew Dodd, Matthew Ricketson, Merryn Sherwood, Monika Winarnita, Penny O’Donnell & Timothy Marjoribanks (5 December, 2018) New research reveals how Australian journalists are faring four years after redundancyThe Conversation. 

    Aleesha Rodriguez (30 November, 2018) Happy birthday, SA’s big battery, and many happy returns (of your recyclable parts)The Conversation. 

    Sue Malta, Jane Hocking, Meredith Temple-Smith, Christina Bryant and Adrian Bickerstaffe (12 December, 2018) Why is no-one talking about safe sex for the over 60s?Pursuit.  Read more…


  • Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Karly Burch

    Posted on January 7, 2019

    Recently, 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…

    Karly Burch completed their PhD in sociology at the University of Otago in 2018. Dr Burch’s PhD was focussed on the aftermath of the nuclear disasters in Japan, using insights from institutional ethnography and material semiotics to explore people’s troubling experiences of everyday eating following the onset of the disasters in 2011. Dr Burch moved back to Japan following their PhD and is actively looking for opportunities for employment, writing and collaborative work.

    Dr Burch has a range of areas of expertise, including agriculture, applied sociology, disasters, environment and society, feminism, food, institutional ethnography, local/global relations, qualitative research, science and technology. Dr Burch is looking for work in both teaching (tutorials, seminars, lectures, marking) and research assistance (including grant writing).

    You can email Dr Burch on karlyburch@gmail.com.


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