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  • 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.


  • August wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

    Posted on September 17, 2017

    Ashleigh Watson: Making So Fi, a sociological fiction zine

    Anoushka Benbow-Buitenhuis: Commoditised Promises of Ageless Perfection: Cosmetic Wellness and the Promise of the Ideal Face

    James Arvanitakis: Young People and Citizenship in Western Sydney

    Alan Scott: Sociology and Law

    Justin Smith & Nicholas Hookway & : Eavesdrop Read more…


  • Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS)

    Posted on September 15, 2017

    TASA member Joshua Roose is a foundational member of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS). The association is committed to promoting scholarly studies of Islam and Muslim societies. This includes studies of Islam as a religion, as well as the lived experience of Muslims in Australia and beyond. There is a launch for AAIMS on Thursday September 21, 2017. Read on…



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

    Posted on September 14, 2017

    Collyer, F.M.; Willis, K. and Lewis, S. (2017) ‘Gatekeepers in the Healthcare Sector: Knowledge and Bourdieu’s Concept of Field’ Social Science and Medicine 186: 96-103.

    Connell, R.; Pearse, R.; Collyer, F.M.; Maia, J. and Morrell, R. (2017) ‘Negotiating with the North: How Southern-tier Intellectual Workers Deal With the Global Economy of Knowledge’ The Sociological Review. DOI: 10.1177/0038026117705038  p. 1–17.

    Hughes, K.  (2017). Transition pedagogies and the neoliberal episteme: What do academics think?  Student Success, 8(2), 21-30.  doi:  10.5204/ssj.v8i2.378

    Adele Pavlidis & Wendy O’Brien (2017). Sport and feminism in China: On the possibilities of conceiving roller derby as a feminist interventionJournal of Sociology, early online Read more…


  • August wrap-up: Books by TASA members

    Posted on September 11, 2017

    Jeremy C. A. Smith (2017) Debating civilisations: Interrogating civilisational analysis in a global age, Manchester University Press







    Stephen Kerry (2018) Trans Dilemmas: Living in Australia’s Remote Areas and in Aboriginal Communities. Routledge.






    Read more…


  • An interactive Introduction to Human Rights and Responsibilities resource

    Posted on September 6, 2017

    The Australian Human Rights Commission has developed an online, interactive, Introduction to Human Rights and Responsibilities resource. It is designed as two unique lesson plans that are both aimed at 10 – 12 year olds. You can access the resource here.

    An introduction to human rights and responsibilities


  • The Dangers of Dominant Theories

    Posted on September 3, 2017

    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 dangers of dominant theories

    I was impressed by an article in the Journal of Sociology (Vol.53 No. 1 March 2017) by Val Colic-Peisker from RMIT, under the title of “Ideology and Utopia: Historic crisis of economic rationalism and the role of public sociology”.  Despite the fact that I have problems with the term ‘‘public sociology’’, she raises the issue of the danger that dominant theories have on society, which I have been on about for some while.  She acknowledges its place in neoliberalism, but suggests it has wider implications than that.  She suggests that the power of economic rationalism stems from the belief that numbers have more authority than words.  “In practice, economic rationality assuming that money is a calculus of the utility maximiser seeking profit through optimizing the cost-benefit ratio”.  She concludes that “Countering the totalitarian tendency of economic rationality is difficult in the context of the crisis of Western democracy.  Many have argued that democracy ‘peaked’ in the late 1960 and since then simultaneously with and partly due to globalization, market fundamentalism, and the increase inequality.  At this point in history it seems hard to envisage a social force or movement that would be able to seriously challenge economic rationality from within the system.” Read more…


  • Digital Sociology Podcast with Deborah Lupton

    Posted on September 1, 2017

    TASA member and World renowned sociologist Deborah Lupton was interviewed by Christopher Harpertill for the Digital Sociology Podcast. Deborah talks a bit about her biography and how she came to be researching “the digital” and how her early work on the virality of HIV paved the way for thinking about digital networks. Deborah and Christopher also discuss self-tracking of health and exercise and how this relates to metaphors of flows.  You can listen to the discussion via the podcast link below:

    You can read more about Deborah’s work on her blog This Sociological Life and you can follow her on Twitter @DALupton.


  • Research Assistant Employment Opportunity

    Posted on August 30, 2017

    Research Assistant, Media and Communications 
    Swinburne University, Hawthorn
    Application deadline: September 5

    For more details, see


  • July wrap up: Books by TASA members

    Posted on August 30, 2017

    Hamilton, Lindsay, TaylorNik (2017). Ethnography after Humanism: Power, Politics and Method in Multi-Species ResearchPalgrave.






    Palumbo, Antonino  and Scott, Alan(2018) Remaking Market Society. A Critique of Social Theory and Political Economy in Neoliberal Time.








    Boese, Martina, Marotta, Vince (Eds)(2017) Critical Reflections on Migration, ‘Race’ and Multiculturalism Australia in a Global Context, Routledge.







    Scillio, Mark (2017) Making Career Stories. Navigating Work and a Sense of Security, Palgrave Macmillan


  • Lecturer in Sociology – employment opportunity

    Posted on August 29, 2017

    Lecturer in Sociology (Sociological Theory – Ongoing)
    University of Melbourne
    School of Social and Political Sciences
    Application deadline: September 10

    For more details, see


  • July wrap up: Book reviews by TASA members

    Posted on August 29, 2017

    Peter Bansel Book ReviewPeter Robinson, Gay Men’s Relationships Across the Life Course, Journal of Sociology. Jul 10, 2017 | OnlineFirst

    Mark Mallman Book Review: Class, Journal of Sociology. Jul 13, 2017 | OnlineFirst

    Graham Davidson Book Review: Thinking the Antipodes: Australian Essays, Journal of Sociology. Jul 13, 2017 | OnlineFirst


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