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August wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Alan Morris, Hal Pawson, Kath Hulse, & Violet Xia (July 31, 2019) Private renters are doing it tough in outer suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne. The Conversation.  David Rowe (July 30, 2019) The Ashes: cricket and the captain’s curse. The Online Forum.  Ryan Storr (July 30, 2019) Transgender athletes controversy swirls after Laurel Hubbard wins gold at Pacific […]

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July wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Lyndal Sleep (July 19, 2019) Domestic abuse or genuine relationship? Our welfare system can’t tell. The Conversation.  Dan Woodman (15 July, 2019) Sociology in the Land Down Under: Challenges and Opportunities for Australian Sociologists. The European Sociologist.  (more…)

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June wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Julie Lawson, Jago Dodson, Kathleen Flanagan, Keith Jacobs, Laurence Troy, Ryan van den Nouwelant (June 26, 2019) Australia’s social housing policy needs stronger leadership and an investment overhaul. The Conversation.  Kellie Bousfield (June 20, 2019) NSW budget: giving schools extra money only if they meet ‘outcomes’ can hamper teaching standards. The Conversation.  Nicholas Hookway (June 20, 2019) Business […]

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May wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Peter “PJ” Holtum & Greg Marston (May 24, 2019) Uber drivers’ experience highlights the dead-end job prospects facing more Australian workers. The Conversation.  Elizabeth Humphrys (May 17, 2019) Hawke’s Complicated Legacy, on An Integral State: https://anintegralstate.net/2019/05/17/hawkes-complicated-legacy/ Elizabeth Humphrys (May 20, 2019) We Live in Anti-political Times, at Overland Journal: https://overland.org.au/2019/05/we-live-in-anti-political-times/ Sarah Wendt, Kate Seymour & Kristin Natalier (May 16, 2019) An innovative way to counter […]

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Choice in social structures

Alan Scott, TASA member and Applied Sociology Thematic Group Continuing Education Officer.   The social and economic order that the social scientist observes and describes is the spontaneous result of the inchoate, often contradictory beliefs, desires, and opinions people have at a given moment.  The patterns are not created by objective qualities of the items […]

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April wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Majdi Faleh, Andrea Cook, Ashleigh Haw & Sandra Carrasco (April 18, 2019) Paris? Melbourne? Public housing doesn’t just look the same, it’s part of the challenges refugees face. The Conversation.  Zoei Sutton,  ‘Change One Thing’ to support casual staff. NTEU ADVOCATE. vol. 26 no. 1, April 2019, p.13. Zareh Ghazarian, Jacqueline Laughland-Booy & Zlatko Skrbis (April 18, 2019) New research […]

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March wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Jessica Richards, Eric Anderson & Keith D. Parry (1 March, 2019)Rugby league may finally have reached its tipping point on player behaviour and violence. The Conversation.  Stewart Lockie (1 March, 2019) People and issues outside our big cities are diverse, but these priorities stand out. The Conversation.  Na’ama Carlin (March 18, 2019) What I learned from my year […]

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Sociology’s Edge – unbound by borders

Alan Scott, TASA member and Applied Sociology Thematic Group Continuing Education Officer In NSW we are one election down and another one to go, sometime soon.  For the rest of you, you have just one.  All this talk and argument has reminded me of the originator of “democracy”.   Plato, the Greek philosopher used the name […]

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February wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

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 matter. The Conversation.  Natalier, K. (2019). Australia’s Child Support System Facilitates Economic Abuse. Power to Persuade. Waling, A. (2019). Fear of discrimination stops LGBTI Australians from seeking mental health support. Star Observer.  Waling, A. (2019). Better supporting LGBTI people […]

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January wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Rachel Busbridge & Mark Chou (January 16, 2019) Forcing Australia Day citizenship ceremonies on councils won’t make the issue go away. The 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 […]

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December wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

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 redundancy. The 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 […]

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November wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Julie Henderson & Eileen Willis (25 October, 2018) Want to improve care in nursing homes? Mandate minimum staffing levels. The Conversation.  Jessica Richards et al. (7 November, 2018) Note to governments: sports stadiums should benefit everyone, not just fans. The Conversation.  Brendan Churchill (4 November, 2018) Financial crisis hit young men hard – and they’re yet to recover. Sydney Morning Herald.  […]

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October wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Christopher Mayes (23 October, 2018) Is eating a settler-colonial act? Food justice and Indigenous sovereignty. ABC Religion.  Andrew Clarke & Cameron Parsell (22 October, 2018) Turning ‘big brother’ surveillance into a helping hand to the homeless. The Conversation.  Meredith Nash & Robyn Moore (2018) Are Leadership Styles in STEMM Gendered?. Association for Women in Science (page 8). Michelle Peterie […]

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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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August wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Steve O’Brien (July 25, 2018). Going backwards is the new going forward. The Herald.  Karen Soldatic (July 26, 2018), New report brings Sri Lankan women living with a disability ‘Out of the Shadows‘. Western Sydney University News Centre. TASA 2018 (2018). Why are so many academic conferences hostile to women? The Guardian Leah Ruppanner & Brendan Churchill (August 6, […]

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Occupational boundary disputes in the Australian operating room

Allegra Schermuly, Monash University and Andy Schermuly, Clinical Facilitator, Theatres, Royal Children’s Hospital. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission. The article is the final of the 5 in the Professionalisation series. Timmons and Tanner have explored occupational boundary disputes involving […]

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Contemporary professionalisation among the healthcare professions

Olivia King, Monash University. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission. The article is the 4th of 5 in the Professionalisation series. Professionalisation is not a finite process with a clear and unchanging end-point but rather an on-going journey characterised by efforts […]

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Taking a whole-school approach to trauma-informed practice

Carmel Hobbs, La Trobe University. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission. The article is the 2nd of 5 in the Professionalisation series. “Ultimately what determines how children survive trauma, physically, emotionally, or psychologically, is whether the people around them – particularly […]

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Multiple meanings of professionalisation

Edgar Burns, La Trobe University. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission. The article is the first of 5 in the Professionalisation series. Professionalisation, like other concepts in the crosshairs of intense and sustained social contestation, has multiple, even contradictory, meanings. […]

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Contested ground: Migration intermediaries and the state

Marina Khan, Western Sydney University. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission. It was a great pleasure to receive a scholarship to present my study at my very first TASA conference in 2017. I had just submitted my Master’s thesis and […]

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TASA 2018 Conference on Precarity, Rights and Resistance: Themes, Keynotes and Plenaries

Alexia Maddox, Deakin University. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission. The next TASA Conference is on the 19–22nd November, 2018, with the theme Precarity, Rights and Resistance. The conference will be held in the leafy suburbs of Melbourne at […]

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Creating video abstracts: a few hints and tips

We were inspired and excited about Michael Walsh’s recent Abstract Video so we asked Michael for a few tips to share with TASA members. Here they are: Creating video abstracts: a few hints and tips Recently an opportunity arose where I was asked by a journal (Symbolic Interaction) to develop a video abstract to accompany the publication […]

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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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July wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Alexandra Wong, David Rowe & Teresa Swist (June 28, 2018). Sydney artists are being priced out of the city – here’s how to bring them back. The Conversation.  Dina Bowman (July 2, 2018). Employment services aren’t working for older jobseekers, jobactive staff or employers. The Conversation. Michael Gilding, Dean Lusher & Helen Bird (July 12, […]

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June wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Kristin Natalier. (June 5, 2018). What does ‘home’ mean for children whose parents have separated? Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Michael Walsh. (May 28, 2018). ‘The Interaction Order and Musical Sound: Shopping with Erving Goffman. The Sociological Inquiry Bridges, Donna, Krivokapic-Skoko, Branka., Wulff, Elizabeth., Bamberry, Larissa. & Jenkins, Stacey. (June 1, 2018). The female tradie shortage: why […]

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May wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Amanda Wise, Kristine Aquino & colleagues (April 30, 2018). Pushing casual sport to the margins threatens cities’ social cohesion. The Conversation Donna Bridges & Ben Wadham (April 23, 2018). Media reporting on women in the military is preserving a male dominated culture. The Conversation.  Marcus Maloney, ‘Jordan Peterson: The battle for the hearts and minds of young […]

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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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April wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Scott Doidge, ‘Friday essay: the politics of the US family sitcom, and why Roseanne rocks.’ The Conversation Lisa Denny, ‘Migration is slowing Australia’s rate of ageing, but not necessarily in the regions.’ The Conversation Riaz Hassan,  ‘The UAE’s Unsustainable Nation Building​’, YaleGlobal, April 24, 2018 Jack Hynes & Ramon Spaaij, ‘Commonwealth Games injuries highlight a problematic culture […]

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March wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Sophie Lewis & Karen Willis, ‘Do you really need private health insurance? Here’s what you need to know before deciding. The Conversation Alan Morris, ‘Mission nearly impossible: the City of Sydney’s efforts to increase the affordable housing supply‘. The Conversation Ben Wadham, ‘Hazing and sexual violence in Australian universities: we need to address men’s cultures, The Conversation […]

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The work-life balance struggle for contemporary single mothers: Individual views and experiences.

The below report was written by TASA member Trudy Hart from original qualitative research undertaken in a 3rd year Applied Social Research course last year. The course was undertaken at University of Newcastle, coordinated by Dr Ann Taylor and supervised by Dr Julia Coffey. Substantive information provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicates that ‘In 2012 […]

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February wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Blogs Janine Pickering: Award-winning Swinburne thesis explores gender in STEM management Roger Patulny, ‘All the Lonely People‘ Kim Toffoletti, ‘From sport widows to sport fans: research tracks evolution of women supporters‘ Alexia Maddox, ‘A Digital Bermuda Triangle: The Perils of Doing Ethnography on Darknet Drug Markets‘ Crystal Abidin, ‘Elderly Influencers in East Asia, Cyborgology (more…)

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January wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis John Scott: Male sex workers catering to more women and couples, as legal reform lags, ABC News Brendan Churchill: Mum, dad and two kids no longer the norm in the changing Australian family, The Conversation David Rowe & colleague: The Winter Olympics and the two Koreas: how sport diplomacy could save the world. The Conversation Andrew Glover: Sustainable […]

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The authenticity of Carlos Castaneda

The below article, by TASA member Ramón Menéndez, was originally published on the Cultural Sociology Thematic Group website.  Carlos Castaneda was a best-selling writer born in Cajamarca, Peru in 1925. He migrated to the US in 1951, becoming a millionaire after the publication of his first book, The teachings of Don Juan (1970 [1968]), which resonated […]

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December wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Shane Duggan: So you’ve got your ATAR, now what? Here are some options, The Conversation Rebecca Pearse: The federal Climate Policy Review: a recipe for business as usual, The Conversation Deborah Lupton: The social factors that influence whether you’ll use your wearable device, The Conversation Dina Bowman & Marcus Banks: People on low incomes are sacrificing basic goods to take out insurance, The […]

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Challenges for the Future of Australian Sociology

The below article, by TASA member Fabian Cannizzo, was originally published on the social thinker blog and has been re-posted here with full permission. You can follow Fabian on Twitter: @fabiancann  The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) announced by the Australian Commonwealth Government has received media attention for the inclusion of cost-cutting to universities to the tune […]

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November wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Alan Morris: Last of the Millers Point and Sirius tenants hang on as the money now pours in, The Conversation James Arvanitakis: Same Sex Marriage Postal Survey, ABC News Breakfast Rob White: Criminality and Climate Change, University of Tasmania Peter Robinson: Gay rebels: why some older homosexual men don’t support same-sex marriage, The Conversation Michael Flood: Do parents of boys view […]

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

Journal Articles Peta Cook & Angela Dwyer (2017). No longer raising eyebrows: The contexts and domestication of Botox as a mundane medical and cultural artefact, Journal of Consumer Culture Nicholas Hookway (2017) The moral self: Class, narcissism and the problem of do-it-yourself moralities, The Sociological Review Tan, H. and Forbes-Mewett, H. (In press) Whose ‘fault’ is it? Becoming Homeless in […]

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September wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

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 Ōtautahi, Global Dialogue Holly Thorpe: Sociology from Aotearoa New Zealand: Creative Sports in Post-Disaster Geographies, Global Dialogue Robert Webb: Sociology from Aotearoa New Zealand: Towards an Indigenous Criminology, Global Dialogue Steve Matthewman […]

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Could I be an ally?

The below post from TASA member Dr Yarrow Andrew, Flinders 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 […]

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July wrap up: Blog posts by TASA members

Ann Game: Belonging in Anghiari: Giuseppe Dini Deborah Lupton: Digital Health Stakeholder Workshop Andrew Jakubowicz: Two Strongs don’t make it Right Janeen Baxter: Life Course Centre, July 2017 Newsletter Deborah Lupton: Food porn, fitspo, bonespo and epic food feats: bodies and food in digital media Ann Game: Belonging in Anghiari: Andrea Merendelli

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June wrap up: Blog posts by TASA members

Lesley Pruitt: “Youth Participation in the Human Rights Council” (in Australian Outlook) Alan Scott: Applied Sociology Anne Game: Belonging in Anghiari: Armida Kim James Arvanitakis: On collegiality and civility: or 9 tips on not being an academic jerk Erin Carlise: Featured Member Profile: Erin Carlisle (Postgrad sub-committee initiative) Brad West: The Other Gallipoli Pilgrim: Islamism and the Rise of Neo-Ottoman Memory Politics […]

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“Youth Participation in the Human Rights Council” (in Australian Outlook)

TASA member Lesley Pruitt, a senior lecturer in politics and international relations at Monash University, writes about young people and the UN. This article was first published by the Australian Institute of International Affairs and is republished here under a Creative Commons Licence.  Young people are often categorised as politically disengaged and apathetic. A program backed by Australia and […]

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May wrap up: Blog posts by TASA members

Deborah Lupton: Design sociology part 3: critical, speculative, and ludic design James Arvanitakis: 5 Things to do when you get a PhD Offer Letter James Arvanitakis: Why we must do better: 5 tips on promoting gender equality at universities Deborah Lupton: Design sociology part 4: wrapping up Deborah Lupton: Tips for qualitative researchers seeking funding – what NOT to leave out of […]

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From surviving to thriving: Work and economic security for refugees and people seeking asylum

  TASA member John van Kooy, Brotherhood of St Laurence, summarises the 2016 Surviving to Thriving research forum below. This article was originally published in Nexus.  The Surviving to Thriving (S2T) research forum was held on 7 December 2016, convened by Dr Dina Bowman and John van Kooy at the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) […]

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April wrap up: Blog posts by TASA members

James Arvanitakis: Factors contributing to high PhD completion rates… Alan Scott: Believing in Sociology Deborah Lupton: Deborah Lupton in Europe: June 2017 Alexia Maddox: Crowdfunding, cryptocurrencies and financial inclusion – precarious innovation, Discover Society Deborah Lupton: Design sociology: a research agenda James Arvanitakis: Improving the Student Journey: 10 tips that make a difference Alan Scott: Spreading the Word of […]

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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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March wrap up: Blog posts by TASA members

Elizabeth Humphrys and Jackie Lynch: Wen you laugh togetha Yolande Strengers & Cecily Maller: Writing retreats: Academic indulgence or scholarly necessity? The Research Whisper Deborah Lupton: Feeling data – the role of touch in data sense James Arvanitakis : How to survive a PhD: 22 tips from Dean of Grad Studies Alan Scott: Dominant Theories

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Believing in 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 on believing in Sociology. Earlier in the month, Melanie [Applied Sociology co-convener] drew our attention to the New York Times article: “What if Sociologists Had […]

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