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The theme of XX ISA World Congress of Sociology in Melbourne

The theme of the forthcoming International Sociological Association (ISA) Congress in Melbourne, hosted by TASA (July 2022) is Resurgent Authoritarianism: Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies. This was the outcome of the ISA’s president’s vision of new directions for a global sociology and the extensive discussion with the Program Committee and the approval […]

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New research shows Australian teens have complex views on religion and spirituality

Researchers have identified six broad groups of young people categorised by their views on religion and spirituality. Shutterstock Andrew Singleton, Deakin University; Anna Halafoff, Deakin University; Gary D Bouma, Monash University, and Mary Lou Rasmussen, Australian National University The 2016 Census suggested about a third of Australian teens had no religion. But ask a teenager […]

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Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS)

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 […]

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Census 2016 shows Australia’s changing religious profile, with more ‘nones’ than Catholics

The 2016 Census showed major changes in the ranking order of religious groups in Australia. AAP/Tracey Nearmy Gary D Bouma, Monash University Every five years the census asks Australians: “What is your religion?”. Ten tick-box responses are provided, along with the option to write in some other response. In 2016 Census, the first box was […]

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How religion rises – and falls – in modern Australia

Younger Australians seem particularly inclined to say they have ‘no religion’. Shutterstock Gary D Bouma, Monash University In the past 50 years, the nature and shape of religion in Australia has changed dramatically. While secularisation and religious decline was one way of telling this story, it has become increasingly unsatisfactory. Religion has not gone away, […]

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