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

Journal Articles Scott, Alan (2018) ‘(Plebiscitary) leader democracy: The return of an illusion?’ Thesis Eleven, 148(1): 3-20. doi.org/10.1177/0725513618800120. Baker, C. The nation-building state retreats: An Australian case study in the changing role of the state. Journal of Rural Studies, Volume 62, Issue undefined, August 2018 Ruth Jeanes, Ramón Spaaij, Jonathan Magee, Karen Farquharson, Sean Gorman & Dean Lusher (2018) Developing participation opportunities […]

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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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Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Fabian Cannizzo

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… Fabian Cannizzo is a cultural sociologist working on cultures […]

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Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Simone Marino

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… Simone Marino is the course coordinator and lecturer of […]

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Additional TASA motion on mandatory detention for asylum seekers and temporary visas for those found to be refugees

The below motion was passed at last nights Annual General Meeting of The Australian Sociological Association:  TASA AGM 20/11/2018 That TASA agree to: Condemn all forms of ongoing mandatory detention of those seeking safety as asylum seekers and refugees arriving in Australian waters by boat. This includes the forced detaining of those seeking safety now […]

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TASA Support for Teachers for Refugees: Kids Off, All Off

The below motion was passed at last nights Annual General Meeting of The Australian Sociological Association:  The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) supports teachers walking off the job for refugee rights earlier today, November 20. We applaud the important stand these teachers are taking for refugee rights by opposing the cruelty of offshore detention on both […]

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TASA 2018

The annual TASA conference starts on Monday and we are excited! You can access all the necessary conference publications via the buttons below. If you are unable to attend, please do follow us on Twitter (#TASA2018) and via the livestreamed sessions via Facebook.  

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Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Anna Denejkina

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… Anna Denejkina is completing a PhD in sociology at […]

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October wrap-up: Books / Book Chapters/Reviews by TASA members

Christopher Mayes (32018) Unsettling Food Politics: Agriculture, Dispossession and Sovereignty in Australia. Rowman & Littlefield International.                  Billett, Paulina, Sawyer, Anne-Maree (2019) Infertility and Intimacy in an Online Community. Palgrave Macmillan.           (more…)

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

Journal Articles Haarsager, J., 2018. The Role of Schools of Nursing in Continuing Professional Education Provision. Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal 26, 24–25. Emma Cooke,  Michelle Brady,  Cheryll Alipio &  Kay Cook (2018) Autonomy, Fairness and Active Relationships: Children’s Experiences of Well‐being in Childcare. Children & Society. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12294 (more…)

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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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Livestreaming at TASA 2018

At TASA 2018 we will be livestreaming selected events to enable engagement of a broader public and TASA members in the intellectual life of the conference. Livestreamed events will be made available through the TASA Facebook page. Livestreaming involves real-time audio-video broadcasting of an event over the Internet. Anyone who follows the TASA Facebook page will be able to access […]

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Micro-vlog series

TASA members Zoei Sutton and Ben Lohmeyer host “2-Minute Truths” – a quick-fire interview with remarkable academics about their research and academic lives. Week 1 guest star: TASA member Raewyn Connell – “Everybody gets negative feedback from journals or reviewers, even the Professor… Even if it is pretty negative you can learn from it”. You […]

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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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TASA 2019

TASA Conference 2019: Diversity & Urban Growth November 25-28, 2019 Western Sydney University (WSU) is pleased to host the 2019 Australian Sociological Association Conference, a return to Sydney for the first time since 2010. WSU’s School of Social Sciences and Psychology and Institute of Culture and Society will hold the conference in Greater Western Sydney […]

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September wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Alan Morris & Catherine Davis (September 6, 2018). Local councils put affordable housing supply in the too hard basket.  The Conversation.  Gary D Bouma (September 5, 2018). Young people want sex education and religion shouldn’t get in the way.  The Conversation.  Kim Beasy & Ruby Grant (August 31, 2018). More than just lip service: done right, awareness-raising days can […]

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The Australian Sociological Association’s Statement on Ministerial Interference in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Grant Process

It has been revealed in Senate Estimates that 11 ARC Discovery Program applications recommended for funding were vetoed by Minister Simon Birmingham, the then Minister for Education, in late 2017 and early 2018. The Executive of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) joins other associations and peak bodies in condemning this decision. TASA stands with the […]

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Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Anthony K J Smith

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… Anthony K J Smith is doing a Ph.D. in […]

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

Michelle P (2018). Technologies of control: Asylum seeker and volunteer experiences in Australian immigration detention facilities. Journal of Sociology. Article first published online: September 3, 2018 Lilly Brown (2018). Indigenous young people, disadvantage and the violence of settler colonial education policy and curriculum.  Journal of Sociology. Article first published online: August 27, 2018 Julie MacArthur and Steve Matthewman (2018) ‘Populist Resistance and Alternative Transitions: Indigenous […]

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September wrap-up: Books / Book Chapters by TASA members

Books Butler, R. 2018. Class, Culture and Belonging in Rural Childhoods. Springer: Singapore.             Hilde Bjorkhaug, André Magnan, Geoffrey Lawrence (Eds.) (2018). The Financialization of Agri-Food Systems Contested Transformations. Routledge.               Abidin, Crystal. 2018. Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online. Emerald Publishing.                   (more…)

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Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Lara McKenzie

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… Lara McKenzie is an honorary research fellow at UWA. […]

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Rural Issues Symposium – The future of rural sociology in Australia

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: Rural Issues Symposium – The future of rural sociology in Australia, 2019 La Trobe, Bendigo Friday 28th June Key Dates Abstracts and scholarship applications due: Friday 22nd March Abstract and scholarship decision notifications: Friday 29th March Registration closes: Tuesday 30th April The Rural Issues thematic group of TASA is pleased to host […]

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Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Jennie Haarsager

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… Jennie Haarsager is a former administrator of HIV and […]

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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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From Honours to Article

TASA member, and Digital Media Portfolio Leader, Brady Robards, Monash University, has put together a short guide to converting Honours dissertations (in the Australian Humanities/Social Sciences context) into a journal article for publication.

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Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Aqua Hastings

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… Aqua Hastings is interested in new ideas and alternative […]

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‘Walking into a headwind’ – what it feels like for women building science careers

The culture of science is premised on the idea that there are no barriers; that everybody is treated equally as long as they put in the effort. from www.shutterstock.com Robyn Moore, University of Tasmania and Meredith Nash, University of Tasmania Australia’s parliament has a problem retaining experienced women. As a workplace, it’s not alone. Women […]

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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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TASA Executive Election – Call for Thematic Group Portfolio Candidates

As mentioned in a previous election announcement, at the close of nominations on Friday August 31st, for the TASA Executive for the two-year term November 2018 – November 2020, one nomination was received for the Thematic Group portfolio but the person withdrew.  As such, we are now re-opening the call for nominations. Signed Candidate and Nomination forms must reach the TASA Office by 5pm […]

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The Beaumont Children: investigations and implications of cold-cases

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. The below […]

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

Journal Articles Rikke Guldager, Karen Willis, Kristian Larsen & Ingrid Poulsen (2018). Relatives’ strategies in subacute brain injury rehabilitation: The warrior, the observer and the hesitant. Journal of Clinical Nursing. Meredith Nash & Robyn Moore (2018), ‘I was completely oblivious to gender’: an exploration of how women in STEMM navigate leadership in a neoliberal, post-feminist context’, Journal of Gender Studies Deborah Lupton & Sarah Maslen […]

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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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The ‘Professionalization’ of Academic Teaching and the Challenges for PhD graduates

Tom J. Kehoe, University of New England. 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 3rd of 5 in the Professionalisation series. The academic profession is changing rapidly creating challenges for Australian doctoral programs and their graduates. Reflecting university […]

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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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Southern Notes #5 June 2018

Bruce Curtis, Waikato University. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission. “Congratulations and well wishes poured in from all corners of the globe following the news of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford welcoming a baby girl into the world.” […]

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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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5 Mistakes Conference Presenters Make!

TASA member Professor James Arvanitakis is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies at Western Sydney University. According to James, presenting at a research conference is an exciting opportunity, but presenters often fall into the trap of trying to do too much or not understanding their audience. In the video below, James  talks about […]

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Sorry, men, there’s no such thing as ‘dirt blindness’ – you just need to do more housework

While the gender gap is narrowing, women still do seven hours more housework per week than men (and that doesn’t include the child-caring). Shutterstock Leah Ruppanner, University of Melbourne and Brendan Churchill, University of Melbourne The problem with housework is that it is never-ending drudgery. As soon as the floor is cleaned, the dog throws […]

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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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Angela Williamson’s sacking shows gulf between Cricket Australia’s words and deeds

Angela Williamson was sacked by Cricket Australia because of tweets criticising Tasmanian government policy. Twitter/Peter Mathew David Rowe, Western Sydney University Cricket Australia’s dismissal of a top Tasmanian cricketing official for “making offensive comments” has received enormous media attention in Australia and overseas. (more…)

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A very public sociology

Joseph Borlagdan, Brotherhood of St Laurence, University of Melbourne, TASA member While there are a few exceptions, it’s rare to see Australian sociologists featured as talking heads on our television screens. TASA member Catherine Robinson chats with us about co-hosting and consulting on the SBS documentary ‘Filthy Rich and Homeless’. She reflects upon how the […]

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

Journal Articles Connell, Raewyn. 2018. Decolonizing sociology. Contemporary Sociology, vol. 47 no. 4, 399-407 Chesters, J. 2018 Alleviating or exacerbating disadvantage: Does school attended mediate the association between family background and educational attainment? Journal of Education Policy. Forsdike, K., Tarzia, L., Flood, M., Vlais, R., and Hegarty, K. ‘A lightbulb moment’: Using the theory of planned behaviour […]

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Free event: Methodology Masterclass

Contemporary Emotions Research Network (CERN) Methodology Masterclass 28 August, 9.30am-12.30pm, University of Wollongong, Building 25 Room 128 This masterclass will feature presentations by TASA members, Dr Rebecca Olson (University of Queensland) and Dr Sharon Ee Ling Quah (University of Wollongong) on their fieldwork experiences on sensitive, controversial topics with emotionally vulnerable subjects, and a roundtable […]

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Academic Jobs: The Centre for Social Impact at University of New South Wales

The Centre for Social Impact at University of New South Wales is recruiting 3 new positions. Senior Research Officer, Amplify Social Impact. Applications close Sunday 12 August 2018. Enquiries Ben Richards: ben.richards@unsw.edu.au. We are seeking an energetic, collegiate and effective individual who has excellent quantitative and data dissemination research skills and is passionate about contributing […]

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Call for Expressions of Interest: Digital Publications Editor (incorporating Nexus)

Expressions of interest are sought from individuals or small teams to fill the newly created position of TASA Digital Publications Editor that incorporates the Editorship of Nexus, TASA’s newsletter with support for TASA’s blog. Nexus, is now an online publication, currently published three times a year. The Digital Publications editor will commission and edit content […]

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Angela Williamson’s sacking shows gulf between Cricket Australia’s words and deeds

Angela Williamson was sacked by Cricket Australia because of tweets criticising Tasmanian government policy. Twitter/Peter Mathew David Rowe, Western Sydney University Cricket Australia’s dismissal of a top Tasmanian cricketing official for “making offensive comments” has received enormous media attention in Australia and overseas. In its letter to terminate the employment of Public Policy and Government […]

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NOTE FROM JEAN MARTIN, 1965

With thanks to Raewyn Connell, we are able to publish a nice summary of what Jean Martin thought of as a guide to sociology, at the time the discipline was being founded in Australia.  NOTE FROM JEAN MARTIN, 1965 Sociology –References In suggested order of reading. Mitchell is a good short text. Most of the […]

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TASA 2018 Executive Election

TASA Executive Committee, November 2018 – November 2020 Nominations are called for the following positions on the TASA Executive Committee for the two-year term November 2018 – November 2020: President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Postgraduate Portfolio Leader Ordinary member – Thematic Group Portfolio Leader Ordinary member – Public Engagement Portfolio Leader Ordinary member – Applied Sociology […]

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June wrap-up: Books / Book Chapters by TASA members

Books Wadham, B. & Goldsmith, A. (Eds.). (2018) Criminologies of the Military: Militarism, National Security and Justice, Hart Publishing, London.           Forbes-Mewett, H. (2018) The New Security: Individual, Community and Cultural Experiences. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills.           Barbara Barbosa Neves & Cláudia Casimiro (Eds.). (2018). Connecting families? Information & Communication Technologies, Generations, and the Life […]

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

Journal Articles Bouma, G. & Halafoff, A. (2017) ‘Australia’s Changing Religious Profile – Rising Nones and Pentecostals, Declining British Protestants in Superdiversity: Views from the 2016 Census,’Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 30:2. pp. 129-143. Halafoff, A., Garrod, J. & Gobey, L. (2018 ) ‘Women and Ultramodern Buddhism in Australia,’ Special Issue: Women in Buddhism, Religions 9(5): 1-16 Pearse, R., Hitchcock, […]

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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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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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Upcoming Election Announcement

TASA’s Executive Committee volunteers govern the Association and manage its daily business as outlined in the Constitution and by established policies. The Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Postgraduate portfolio leader and up to four portfolio leaders as voting members, as well as the Immediate Past President and one representative of […]

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TASA Precarious Work Scholarship Fund

TASA’s Precarious Work Scholarship Fund (PWSF) was established in 2018 and is funded by TASA. The scholarships aim to support participation at TASA annual conferences by those academics or applied sociologists who find themselves in casual or fixed term work conditions. Precarious work is defined for these scholarships as non-standard employment characterized by sub-standard work […]

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Data ethics is more than just what we do with data, it’s also about who’s doing it

Power over business, democracy and education will likely continue to lie with data and data-dependent tools, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. Shutterstock James Arvanitakis, Western Sydney University; Andrew Francis, Western Sydney University, and Oliver Obst, Western Sydney University If the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal has taught us anything, it’s that the ethical […]

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Why stereotypes of sexy women fans persist at the World Cup

Kim Toffoletti, Deakin University This article is part of a World Cup series exploring the politics, economics, science and social issues behind the world’s most popular sports event. Globally, women’s football fandom is on the rise, with women comprising around 40% of worldwide television audiences for the 2014 men’s football World Cup. Couple this with […]

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

Journal Articles Han, G-S., Forbes-Mewett, H. and Wang, W. (accepted 25 April 2018) My own business, not my children’s: Negotiating funeral rites and the mobility and communication juncture among Chinese migrants in Melbourne. Mobilities. Davis, J. P., & Bellocchi, A. (2018). Objectivity, subjectivity, and emotion in school science inquiry. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Chesters, J. (2018) The marketisation of education […]

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May wrap-up: Books by TASA members

Forbes-Mewett, Helen (2018). The New Security Individual, Community and Cultural Experiences. Palgrave Macmillan.            Forbes-Mewett, H. (2018) Responsibility, in Bruce A. Arrigo and Geoffrey J. Golson (eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security, and Privacy. Thousand Oaks: Sage.       Robert van Krieken (2018) Celebrity’s histories, in A. Elliot (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Celebrity Studies. […]

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Family Friendly Initiatives

The Australian Sociological Association Conference 2018 Supporting Conference Participation for Primary Carers This year’s TASA conference provides a range of initiatives to better support conference attendees who are pregnant, breastfeeding and/or caretaking. They have been devised by the Local Organising Committee, in consultation with Deakin University’s Equity and Diversity Office and TASA, to promote conference […]

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Doing Gender: Relationships, Emotions and Spaces of Learning

Monday, August 13th, Deakin Downtown, 9.30-2.30pm Conveners: Amanda Keddie (Deakin University) and Garth Stahl (University of South Australia) Sponsor: Deakin Research for Educational Impact (REDI) Research in sociology of education has long engaged with the contentious terrain of social justice. In designing our research, many of us continue to grapple with questions of gender, subjectivity […]

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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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Sport: Participation versus performance

TASA members Ramon Spaaij, Karen Farquharson & Ruth Jeanes, along with their colleagues, have been researching diversity in sport. Their research has culminated in the following articles and reports.  Ramon Spaaij & Ruth Jeanes, ‘Practical steps to supporting diversity in junior sport‘. Play by the Rules. Spaaij, R., Farquharson, K., Gorman, S., Jeanes, R., Lusher, D., […]

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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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TASA 2018 plenary session

“Working in the Global Academy: Precarity, Rights, Opportunities and Resistance” At the upcoming TASA 2018 conference there will be a fascinating plenary session entitled “Working in the Global Academy: Precarity, Rights, Opportunities and Resistance”. This session will cover many of the current challenges faced by sociologists and practitioners in allied disciplines within the higher education […]

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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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TASA 2019 & TASA 2020

The locations for TASA 2019 & TASA 2020 conferences have been confirmed. Next year’s event will be hosted by a team of sociologists within Western Sydney University at Parramatta city. Updates for this conference will be communicated shortly. The host of our 2020 event will be the School of Sociology team at Australian National University, […]

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How Indonesia is dealing with the new threat posed by returning Islamic State fighters

TASA member Joshua Roose, Australian Catholic University It was no coincidence that Sunday’s suicide attacks on three Catholic churches in Indonesia came as Muslims began the holy month of Ramadan. For the observant, this is a time of charity, introspection, renewal and closeness to God. For Islamic State, however, Ramadan has become a strategic time […]

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Sociological happiness: Why the dominant discourse needs to change

This article, by TASA member Jordan McKenzie, was originally published on TASA’s Cultural Sociology subsite. At the 2016 annual TASA Conference at ACU in Melbourne, the eminent Professor Bryan Turner offered an opening keynote on the topic of happiness. Using this platform, Turner rightly acknowledged the absence of sociological perspectives in contemporary happiness debates. This […]

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Learning at a Scholarly Pace: On the Socialised Temporalities of Academic Work [Guest Blog by Fabian Cannizzo]

This article, by TASA member Fabian Cannizzo, was originally published on TASA’s Cultural Sociology subsite. The tempo, frequency and pace of activities form an integral background to everyday life. While we ordinarily reflect on time in terms of the mechanical qualities of clocks, calendars, timetables and schedules, our everyday life is also embedded with other habituated […]

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April wrap-up: Books by TASA members

Tom Barnes, (No date available). ‘Making Cars in the New India Industry, Precarity and Informality‘ Cambridge University Press.               Judith Bessant (2018). The Great Transformation: History for a Techno-Human Future. Routledge.              (more…)

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

Journal Articles Paternoster, Henry John., Deborah Warr and Keith Jacobs (2018) ‘ The enigma of the bogan and its significance to class in Australia: a socio-historical analysis‘ Journal of Sociology. Article first published online: April 20, 2018 Stephens, Anne, and Monro, Davena (2018) Training for Life and Healing: The Systemic Empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men and Women Through Vocational Education and […]

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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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TASA 2018 Keynote Speaker

We are very excited about our Speaker line up for TASA 2018. Today we feature Nira Yuval-Davis; Professor Emeritus, Honorary Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London. She has been the President of the Research Committee 05 (on Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnic Relations) of the International […]

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Making your donation dollar go further

TASA member and Public Engagement Portfolio Leader Nicholas Hookway, a Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Science at the University of Tasmania, helped shed some light, in a recent podcast, on how you can donate in a way that is meaningful while still ensuring your donation is used in the way you’d expect. You can […]

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Friday essay: the politics of the US family sitcom, and why Roseanne rocks

Popular sitcoms like Modern Family avoid reflecting on wider economic realities: Roseanne has filled a void. IMDB Scott Doidge, University of Melbourne After a 20-year hiatus, the American TV series Roseanne has returned to television. Early indications suggest that the reboot will be an enormous success, with the first episodes delivering the highest ratings for […]

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March wrap-up: Books by TASA members

Berents, Helen. 2018. “Right(s) from the ground up: Internal displacement, the urban periphery and belonging to the city”. The Politics of Identity: Place, Space and Discourse. eds. Chris. Agius and Dean. Keep. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 141-157.       Altmann, E and Gabriel M (Eds) 2018 Multi-owned Properties in the Asia-Pacific Region: Rights, Restrictions and Responsibilities, London, Palgrave Mcmillan […]

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

Journal – Articles Tang, Shawna & Quah, Sharon Ee Ling. (2017) Heteronormativity and sexuality politics in Singapore: the female-headed households of divorced and lesbian mothers. Journal of Sociology. Ben Gook (2018). Backdating German neoliberalism: Ordoliberalism, the German model and economic experiments in eastern Germany after 1989. Journal of Sociology. Article first published online: February 19, 2018 Olga Maksimenko (2017). ‘Ukraine’s Euromaidan in Turkish Media’, Ukrainian […]

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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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TASA 2018: Precarity, Rights and Resistance

TASA’s 2018 submission portal is now open! The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Arts and Education, The Alfred Deakin Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University are all happy to invite you to the 2018 TASA Conference at our Burwood Campus in Melbourne. The theme of this year’s conference is Precarity, Rights and […]

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Call for papers for the Journal of Sociology, 2019 Special Issue

BACKGROUND Over the last few decades, there has been a radical transformation of Australia’s labour market and education sector, with intersecting implications for gender and generational inequalities. First, the composition of the labour force has changed. There has been both a significant increase in women’s participation in paid work and a steady decline in full-time […]

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