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Call for Abstracts: Reflections on the Change the Rules Campaign

The Australian Sociological Association’s Annual Conference, 2019 To celebrate the launch of the new thematic group Work, Labour & Economy, the thematic group convenors would like to extend a call for abstracts for a special panel at this year’s Australian Sociological Association (TASA) conference reflecting on the Australian Council of Trade Union’s Change the Rules […]

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Dominant Theories

Alan Scott, Continuing Education Officer, Applied Sociology Thematic Group The ABC Programme “All in the Mind” on the 3rd December 2017 raised the question, “Why we deny the science.”  It began with the problem that: Some parents refuse to vaccinate their children, even though the link with autism has been thoroughly debunked.  And many still […]

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Identifying outcomes of change

Alan Scott is the Continuing Education Officer for the Applied Sociology Thematic Group. In 1981 Kurt Finsterbusch wrote about the use of Social Impact Assessment in the Handbook of Applied Sociology, (Ed. Marvin Olsen & Michael Micklin, 1981).  It was a new idea then but I have not come across much use of it since.  However, the idea […]

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Ageing

Alan Scott, Continuing Education Officer, Applied Sociology Thematic Group Progress in understanding ageing and the idea of retirement has not moved very much, over the past two millennium.  As long ago as 44 BC, the Roman philosopher Cicero (106­43 B.C.) wrote an essay “Concerning Old Age” where he argued that old age is not a […]

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See sociology as human interactions, not theory

Quintus Tullius Cicero a Roman soldier and commentator, in the first century BC, commented that people should, “Avoid any specific discussion of public policy at public meetings.”  He followed this up with a position statement which I would adopt for my contributions to the community: Although you have all the accomplishments within the reach of […]

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Where Sociologists Work

TASA member, and Charles Darwin University & Australian National University joint PhD candidate, Penelope Bergen, conducted some research, on behalf of our association, into Applied Sociology. Penelope’s work resulted in the great article, and video companion, below: Applied sociology out in the field If you scratch the surface of the global job market today, you’re […]

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Research Waste

TASA member Alan Scott is the Continuing Education Officer for the Applied Sociology Thematic Group. How valued is the work that we do?  This last week or so the employment of the disabled has been to the fore.  With the death of Stephen Hawking, aged 76, who was written off when he was born but, with […]

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Stop the Jargon

TASA member Alan Scott is the Continuing Education Officer for the Applied Sociology Thematic Group. The vocabulary of most people is relatively small and sometimes confusing with the use of regional dialect words or jargon words which are used in some English speaking communities but not understood in most others. For instance, did you know that […]

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The Dangers of Dominant Theories

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 […]

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Sociology and Law

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 Sociology and Law. I have never thought much about Sociology and Law (criminal or common).  My dictionary of Sociology tells me that Sociology stands in […]

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Applied Sociology

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 Applied Sociology. For the Terry Pratchett enthusiasts, I have just finished re-reading ‘Thud’.  If there is a book for today then this is it.  It […]

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Dominant Theory

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 […]

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Expression of Interest for applied sociologists/sociologists working outside of academe

‘Where sociologists work’ pilot project Under the Applied Sociology portfolio, TASA is piloting a project to highlight the contribution of applied sociology in diverse workplaces outside of academe. We’re calling for expressions of interest from applied sociologists working outside of academe willing to have their work profiled in the project. They will be interviewed by […]

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Spread the Word of Sociology

 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 spreading the word of sociology. On the ABC”s AM program Dr John Hewson said: ”Politicians are getting away with flagrant dishonesty as a shift from […]

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