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June wrap up: Zines by TASA members

The following Zines by TASA members are available via the SoFi website here. Geraldine Donoghue: Waiting, So Fi, p. 6 Fabian Cannizzo: Toward the Ivory Tower, So Fi, p. 9 Jon Gray: The First Explorer, So Fi, p. 13 Anoushka Benbow-Buitenhuis: Peeling Up, So Fi,  p. 36 Nick Osbaldiston: In the Still, So Fi, p. 40 Ashleigh Watson: 101 scenes in London, 2017, So Fi, p. 59 Eileen Clark: Sociology 101, So Fi, p. 79

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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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June wrap up: Informed News & Analysis by TASA members

Karen Fisher & Sally Robinson: Census shows increase in children with disability, but even more are still uncounted, The Conversation Gary Bouma: Census 2016 shows Australia’s changing religious profile, with more ‘nones’ than Catholics, The Conversation Kate Huppatz, Shanthi Robertson , Adam Possamai & James Arvanitakis: Western Sydney University experts weigh-in on the 2016 Census, Western Sydney University News Centre Dan Woodman: Don’t […]

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June wrap up: Books by TASA members

Meredith Nash and Imelda Whelehan (eds.) (2017) – Reading Lena Dunham’s Girls: Feminism, postfeminism, authenticity and gendered performance in contemporary television             Stephen Castles (2017) Migration, Citizenship and Identity: Selected Essays. Edward Elgar.               Juliet Watson (2017) Youth Homelessness and Survival Sex : Intimate […]

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Blaming migrants won’t solve Western Sydney’s growing pains

Many people in culturally diverse populations in Western Sydney have lived in Australia for many years, if not several generations. Shutterstock Shanthi Robertson, Western Sydney University and Kristine Aquino, University of Technology Sydney Population growth has profound impacts on Australian life, and sorting myths from facts can be difficult. This article is part of our […]

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From Boomers to Xennials: we love talking about our generations, but must recognise their limits

Do you remember these? Shutterstock.com Dan Woodman, University of Melbourne We all know the names: Boomers, Gen X and Millennials. Now we can add the “Xennials”, a cross-over generation between X-ers and Millennials that recently took the internet by storm. The “Xennials” are supposedly a group born between the late 1970s and early 1980s who […]

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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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Census shows increase in children with disability, but even more are still uncounted

Some people with disabilities may not require government supports, meaning they wouldn’t have been counted as having a disability in the Census. from www.shutterstock.com.au Karen R Fisher, UNSW and Sally Robinson, Southern Cross University The 2016 Census has revealed an increase in the number of children with disability, up nearly 40,000 since 2011. One explanation […]

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New website resource: Smart Technology Living Lab

TASA member Deborah Lupton led the creation of the new Smart Technology Living Lab: Co-creating solutions and ideas using social and design research

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Long ignored, adolescent family violence needs our attention

Adolescent family violence has detrimental effects on the health and wellbeing of families, and is surrounded by stigma and shame. shutterstock Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University; JaneMaree Maher, Monash University, and Jude McCulloch, Monash University Family violence and youth justice have been subjected to an intense focus in Australia in the past year. Reviews have revealed […]

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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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Filthy Rich and Homeless

TASA member Catherine Robinson is the Co-Host and Series Consultant on SBS’s new three-part documentary series, ‘Filthy Rich and Homeless’.  ‘Filthy Rich and Homeless’, is a three-night event, that has been airing this week on SBS (Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 and TONIGHT, Thursday 29 June at 8.30pm). Each show is will be available to view on SBS On […]

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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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Zines

TASA member and Postgraduate Portfolio Leader, Ashleigh Watson, has created a sociological fiction Zine: So Fi

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Free textbooks for first-year university students could help improve retention rates

Textbooks can be costly. from shutterstock.com James Arvanitakis, Western Sydney University Despite 20 years of focus on improving university retention rates, we are still losing one in five of our first-year students. And the release of a new report by TEQSA again reminds us of the challenges of retention. The report highlights that, on average, universities […]

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Featured Member Profile: Erin Carlisle

This post was originally published on TASA’s Postgraduate website and has been republished here with the postgraduate sub committee’s permission: Member: Erin Carlisle What are you researching? I’m developing a new approach to a theory of collective political action by bringing political social theory into dialogue with hermeneutic phenomenological philosophy, and critically comparing the work […]

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The Other Gallipoli Pilgrim: Islamism and the Rise of Neo-Ottoman Memory Politics in Turkey

TASA members Brad West, University of South Australia talking about the recent Turkish referendum.  . Please note, this report was originally published in TASA’s Cultural Sociology thematic group blog space.  The recent Turkish referendum that enhanced presidential power has fundamental repercussions for parliamentary democracy in the country and for Turkish-West relations. It is also significant for the collective […]

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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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May wrap up: Podcasts by TASA members

Nicholas Hookway: How kind are we? Ashley Barnwell et al: Memory, Socbites

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May wrap up: Reports by TASA members

Roslyn Russell, Dina Bowman, Marcus Banks and Ashton de Silva: All being well? Understanding Financial wellbeing, inclusion and risk. A summary of the presentations to the joint Brotherhood of St Laurence and RMIT University seminar Penny Jane Burke, Anna Bennett, Matthew Bunn, Jacqueline Stevenson and Sue Clegg. (2017) ‘It’s about time: Working towards more equitable understandings of the […]

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May wrap up: Journal Special Issues by TASA members

Melissa Phillips & Antje Missbach: Co-editors of a Special Issue on Transit Migration: Renewing the Focus on a Global Phenomenon, International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, 2017 Vol. 3 No. 2/3 Suzi Adams, Paul Blokker, Jeremy CA Smith (Eds.) Social Imaginaries, Volume 3, issue 1 (Spring 2017)

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May wrap up: Working Papers by TASA members

Dina Bowman, Marcus Banks, Geraldine Fela, Roslyn Russell and Ashton de Silva:  Understanding financial wellbeing in times of insecurity, BSL / RMIT

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Sydney public housing evictions a policy success? Only if you ignore the high human cost

Alan Morris, University of Technology Sydney Three years after New South Wales’ housing minister announced that all 579 public housing tenants in Millers Point, Dawes Point and the Sirius Building would be moved within two years and their homes sold, only 24 tenants are still resisting the move. So far, 151 properties have been sold […]

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TASA 2017 Submission deadline

BREAKING NEWS: The local organising committee have just added an extra day to the TASA 2017 submission deadline making it this Friday June 16, midnight.

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May wrap up: Journal articles by TASA members

Chesters, J. and Daly, A. (2017) Do peer effects mediate the association between family socioeconomic status and educational achievement? Australian Journal of Social Issues 52: 63-77 Melissa Phillips & Antje Missbach. (2017). Economies of transit: exploiting migrants and refugees in Indonesia and Libya.  International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, 2017 Vol.3, No.2/3, pp.139 – 157 Scott Fitzpatrick & Claire Hooker. (2017). A ‘systems’ […]

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May wrap up: Videos by TASA members

James Arvanitakis discusses the 5 reasons for doing a Confirmation of Candidature in the below video:

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May wrap up: Informed News Analysis & Commentary by TASA members

David Rowe: For cities, hosting major sporting events is a double-edged sword, The Conversation Ben Spies-Butcher et al.:The strange accounting behind the proposed HECS changes, The Conversation Ben Spies-Butcher et al.:Budget 2017-18 brings welfare crackdown and increased defence and security funding: experts respond, The Conversation Erika Altmann: Why Chinese investors find Australian real estate so alluring, The Conversation Deborah Lupton: The ABC’s […]

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You should care about your doctor’s health, because it matters to yours

We tend to consider certain people or roles as privileged and resilient. from shutterstock.com Alex Broom, UNSW Doctors’ health tends to be broadly high compared to the general population. This is expected given their relative privilege. Health operates according to a social gradient – those with more, say, money and education, generally do better 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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Anti-siphoning changes a blow to sports fans who want to watch on free-to-air TV

Controversies over sport, gambling and TV have tended to overshadow changes to the anti-siphoning scheme. AAP/Julian Smith David Rowe, Western Sydney University Sport features heavily in the federal government’s long-anticipated Broadcast and Content Reform Package. The package demonstrates the deep connection between sport and TV, as well as the prominent place of sport in Australian […]

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May wrap up: Books by TASA members

O’Loughlin, Kate, Browning, Colette, Kendig, Hal (Eds.). (2017). Ageing in Australia: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer.         Nilan, P. (2017) Muslim youth in the diaspora: Challenging extremism through popular culture. London & New York: Routledge             Ramon Spaaij and Mark S. Hamm (2017) The Age of Lone Wolf […]

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Catholic schools’ ‘alternative’ to Safe Schools isn’t all that alternative

Some in the Catholic community previously labeled the Safe Schools program as ‘controversial’. Mal Fairclough/AAP Lucy Nicholas, Swinburne University of Technology A Catholic school network’s launch of an “alternative” to Safe Schools Coalition – an anti-bullying program – is based on the same research and approaches. This alternative program bears remarkable similarities in both its […]

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There’s something queer about Tumblr

More young people are turning online for peer support networks. shutterstock Paul Byron, Macquarie University and Brady Robards, Monash University Tumblr is a site that can leave many adults confused. But for more than 330 million users worldwide it is a visual medium for self-expression where anything from politics to fan groups goes. What makes […]

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Smellbourne

  What do common perceptions of smell say about living in Melbourne? And do experiences of smell match Melbourne’s reputation as the world’s most liveable city? Dr Ben O’Mara, writer and bicycle rider, is sniffing out what Melbourne means to its residents through a study of their sense of smell. Since winning the speed dating […]

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Out In with the old, in with the new

TASA members Rebecca E. Olson, University of Queensland & Jordan McKenzie, University of Wollongong report on their 2016 thematic group event below. Please note, this report was originally published in Nexus.  The TASA Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group joined with The University of Wollongong’s Contemporary Emotions Research Network and The ARC Centre of […]

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Meaning and morality in an age of uncertainty: A symposium and workshop report

 TASA members Erin Carlisle, Flinders University & Ashleigh Watson, Griffith University report on their 2016 thematic group event below. Please note, this report was originally published in Nexus.  Our contemporary global age is certainly an uncertain one. Major events of 2016 demonstrated this: Brexit and the victory of Trump indicated a collective ambivalence toward globalisation. These two […]

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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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Postgraduate Day, TASA Conference 2016

Ashleigh Watson, Griffith University, and TASA’s Postgraduate Portfolio Leader wrote a summary of the 2016 Postgraduate Day (originally published in Nexus).     The 2016 Postgraduate Day was a big, busy and delicious way to kick off the annual TASA Conference. In Melbourne, a real hub for sociology PhDs, our biggest cohort yet convened at ACU […]

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Calling all postgraduates!

In the next couple of issues, Nexus is providing space to publish short accounts (up to 500 words) from postgraduate students in sociology and allied disciplines on their research methodology. We would be interested in hearing whether you had to change course methodologically and why, whether theory drove your initial investigations or empirical data. If […]

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2017 Thematic Group events

Several of TASA’s Thematic Groups are running events in the second half of 2017.  Some of these have travel bursaries for postgraduate students. Details of 5 of those events are listed below: 2017 TASA Health Day, Mobilising health sociology for impact: How can complex understandings of injustice and inequality be used in policy and practice? Friday 13th […]

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Journal of Sociology – Special Edition 2019: Call for Editors

The Journal of Sociology is an international journal published four times a year by Sage. Each year the Editors invite expressions of interest from the international community of sociological scholars in guest editing a Special Edition of the Journal. Special Editions may address any sociological theme which is likely to be of interest to the […]

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On mobility, academic freedom and advocating for the social sciences – Letter from the President of TASA

Dan Woodman, University of Melbourne and the president of The Australian Sociological Association. Dan’s letter below was originally published in Nexus. Greetings TASA members and TASA friends, After the political and social upheavals of 2016, we live in a world that needs sociology more than ever. Yet sociological perspectives are often missing from where they […]

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Invisible labour: Tales from the undercity

Sujatha Fernandes, University of Sydney, was a keynote at TASA’s 2016 conference in Melbourne. Below is a summary of Sujatha’s keynote address, which was originally published in Nexus.      Karl Marx expected that the great cities of the future would industrialise in the same ways as Manchester and Berlin. The high modernist architect Le Corbusier […]

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Getting respect: Responding to stigma and discrimination

Michèle Lamont, President of the American Sociological Association, was a keynote at TASA’s 2016 conference in Melbourne. Below is a summary of Michèle’s keynote address, [Editor’s note: This article was first published in The Sociologist, May 2016, pp. 3–5. It was subsequently republished in Nexus We thank the respective editors for permission to republish it here.] […]

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7 things you can do to help promote TASA

Do you want to help promote TASA while also showing off your impressive cultural, social, and symbolic capital by naming up your affiliation with Australia’s best sociological association? Here’s how! 1. Put TASA in your email signature! You can do it simply, in plain text, something like: Member, The Australian Sociological Association (https://www.tasa.org.au) Or you […]

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TASA 2017 Belonging in a Mobile World

Submission close June 1. The University of Western Australia is pleased to host the 2017 Australian Sociological Association Conference, which returns to Perth after ten years. This year’s conference will be held at the beautiful UWA campus on the shores of the Swan River, from 27–30 November. As one of the most isolated cities in the […]

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April wrap up: Journal Special Issues by TASA Members

Edited by Gerard Goggin, Linda Steele & Jessica Robyn Cadwallader (2017) Normality and Disability: Intersections Among Norms, Law, and Culture. Continuum vol. 31, no. 3

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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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Expression of Interest for postgraduate consultancy work

‘Where sociologists work’ pilot project TASA is looking to hire a postgraduate member as a consultant to write a 1000 word report for the TASA blog highlighting the contribution of applied sociology in diverse workplaces outside of academe. To inform the report, the consultant will conduct and record an interview with an applied sociologist and […]

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April wrap up: Books by TASA members

Gail Mason, JaneMaree Maher, Jude McCulloch, Sharon Pickering, Rebecca Wickes, Carolyn McKay (2017). Policing Hate Crime: Understanding Communities and Prejudice, Routledge.             Rob Stone (2017) (Ed.) Key Sociological Thinkers, London: Palgrave. Steve Matthewman (2017) ‘Bruno Latour’, Key Sociological Thinkers (edited by Rob Stones), London: Palgrave, pp. 364-374. Craig Browne (2017) ‘Anthony Giddens’, Key […]

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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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April wrap up: Informed News Analysis & Commentary by TASA members

Kate Fitz-Gibbon, JaneMaree Maher, Jude McCulloch & Sandra Walklate: Victoria leads the way on family violence, but Canberra needs to lift its game, The Conversation Gary D Bouma: How religion rises – and falls – in modern Australia, The Conversation Brad West: How a more divided Turkey could change the way we think about Gallipoli, The Conversation Michael Gilding: When a […]

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April wrap up: Journal articles by TASA members

Dempsey, D. and Lindsay, J. (2017) ‘Surnaming Children Born to Lesbian and Heterosexual Couples: Displaying Family Legitimacy to Diverse Audiences’, Sociology Adam Possamai, Jennifer E. Cheng, Stephane Lathion & Malcom Voyce (2017)Representations of Sharia in Three Global Cities: Sydney, New York and Geneva 2008–2013, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations Johanna Wyn, Hernán Cuervo, Jessica Crofts, Dan Woodman (2017) Gendered transitions from education to work: The mysterious […]

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How kind are we?

“Australian values” have been in the news this week, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiling changes to citizenship requirements and migrant visas. But what are Australian values? And could one of these values be kindness? Melanie Tait chats with TASA member and cultural sociologist Dr Nicholas Hookway from the University of Tasmania about his research […]

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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: Books by TASA members

Dempsey, D. and Kelly, F. (2017) Transnational third-party assisted conception: pursuing the desire for ‘origins’ information in the internet era, in Davies, M. (ed.) Babies for Sale?: Transnational Surrogacy, Human Rights and the Politics of Reproduction, Zed Books, London.             Petersen, A., Munsie, M., Tanner, C., MacGregor, C., Brophy, J. (2017) Stem Cell Tourism and […]

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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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March wrap up: Podcasts by TASA members

Peter Robinson: The Wire, Adelaide: ‘Evolution of gay words‘, 1 March 2017: Peter Robinson: 2SER, Sydney: ‘The importance of language‘, 3 March 2017: Meredith Nash: Shapes of motherhood: female body image before and after pregnancy, ABC RN Life Matters

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March wrap up: Informed News Analysis & Commentary by TASA members

Kate Fitz-Gibbon, JaneMaree Maher, Jude McCulloch & Sandra Walklate: Victoria leads the way on family violence, but Canberra needs to lift its game, The Conversation Paul Henman: After the robo-debt debacle, here’s how Centrelink can win back Australians’ trust, The Conversation Cathering Strong & Emma Rush: How do you remember a rock god? The complicated legacy of Chuck Berry, The Conversation Nick […]

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March wrap up: Journal articles by TASA members

Malatzky, C. (2017). Australian women’s complex engagement with the yummy mummy discourse and the bodily ideals of good motherhood. Women’s Studies International Forum, 62, 25-33. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2017.02.006 Meredith Nash, ‘It’s just good to get a bit of man-talk out in the open’: Men’s experiences of father-only antenatal preparation classes in Tasmania, Australia’, Psychology of Men & Masculinity March […]

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Call for Abstracts: ‘Politics and Crime Control in the 21st Century: Controversies and Challenges’

As the incoming Crime and Governance Convenor, I am delighted to announce a one-day symposium hosted by the Crime and Governance thematic group, in conjunction with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle (UoN). The symposium has received support from The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) to provide travel bursaries to […]

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Employment Opportunity: Professor / Associate Professor of Social Science

    The Professor / Associate Professor of Social Science will have a strong research leadership role in the discipline of Social Work and Human Services and within the wider School of Public Health and Social Work, and will contribute to postgraduate and undergraduate supervision and teaching. Position Title: Professor/Associate Professor in Social Science Vacancy […]

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Deborah Lupton in Europe: June 2017

TASA member Deborah Lupton is a Centenary Research Professor associated with the News & Media Research Centre in the Faculty of Arts & Design at Canberra University. Her research and teaching is multidisciplinary, incorporating sociology, media and communication and cultural studies. Deborah will be giving four talks in Europe in June this year. Here are the […]

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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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Urban Sociology: Relationality in the metropolis with Jeff Malpas

Professor Jeff Malpas, from the University of Tasmania, presented the first keynote talk at the recent Urban Sociology thematic group event. Jeff is one of a small number of philosophers whose work explicitly deals with explorations of philosophical concepts of place. He gave a thought-provoking exposition, drawing on a range of philosophic work to highlight […]

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Urban Sociology: Relationality in the metropolis with Terence Heng

Recently, Dr Terence Heng from the Singapore Institute of Technology, was a keynote speaker at TASA’s Urban Sociology thematic group event. Terence is a visual sociologist who combines creative practice and sociological research to investigate the making of ethnic identities in Singapore. At the event, Terence illustrated his claims by drawing on his long involvement […]

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Outstanding Service to TASA Award

This honour is accorded to a TASA member who has demonstrated an outstanding level of participation in and promotion of TASA over a number of years. There are many ways in which this can occur, but in all cases the quality of the service is the determining criterion, rather than the quantity alone. Process No […]

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The literature on retirement and ageing and its historical perspective

TASA member Alan Scott shares below a paper he wrote about retirement and ageing: Introduction This paper identifies the increasing scope and complexity of the literature on retirement and ageing and provides a review of the historical literature that identifies and offers an understanding of ageing and retirement. The literature on retirement and ageing Gilleard […]

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TASA Award for Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology

This award is made to a TASA member who has demonstrated outstanding, significant and sustained service to Australian sociology over many years. While not necessarily a lifetime achievement award, candidates for the Distinguished Service Award would usually be nearing the end of their careers. In this context, outstanding service may take the form of one […]

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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 on dominant theories. The November 2016 issue of Contemporary Sociology (American Sociological Association), has a review by Michael Strand of a book with the title […]

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TASA Sociology in Action Award

This award recognizes contributions to the practice of sociology outside of academic settings. It is conferred on a TASA member who has made an outstanding contribution to sociological practice in Australia. In this context, outstanding contributions to sociology in action highlight the value and impact of sociological methods and theories to society. This includes both […]

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Why Cyber racism matters

To view TASA member Andrew Jakubowicz discussing Why Cyber racism matters, please click here.

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TASA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching in Australian Sociology

This award, first offered in 2015, celebrates outstanding contributions to enhancing the pedagogy, practice or outcomes of teaching and learning sociology in Australia. It recognises contributions at the disciplinary level (rather than acknowledging excellence in teaching within the classroom or institutions). Examples of disciplinary-level contributions include innovations in teaching that increase the impact of sociology […]

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PewDiePie, new media stars and the court of public opinion

TASA member Marcus Maloney discusses new media stars and public perception of youth online discourse on 2ser 107.3. Click here to listen to the podcast. The radio interview stemmed from an article written by Marcus & his colleague, Steven Roberts, shown below: Steven Roberts, Monash University and Marcus Maloney, Monash University PewDiePie is the username of […]

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February wrap up: Videos by TASA members

Andrew Jakubowicz: Why Cyber Racism matters

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February wrap up: Books by TASA members

Hendry, N. A. (2017). Social media bodies: Revealing the entanglement of sexual wellbeing, mental health and social media in education. In L. Allen & M. L. Rasmussen (Eds.), Palgrave handbook of sex education (pp. 509–526). London: Palgrave Macmillan.         Voola, A. P., Beavis, K. & Mundkur, A. (2017). A “Fair Go” in the […]

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Jean Martin Award: nominations close April 1

The Jean Martin Award recognises excellence in scholarship in the field of Sociology and aims to assist with establishing the career of a recent PhD graduate. This Award, which was given for the first time in 1980, is granted to the best PhD thesis in social science disciplines from an Australian tertiary institution submitted to […]

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February wrap up: Informed News & Analysis by TASA members

Andrew Jakubowicz, et al.: Australians believe 18C protections should stay, The Conversation  Marcus Maloney & Steve Roberts: PewDiePie, new media stars and the court of public opinion, The Conversation  David Rowe: Prize fight over live-streamed sport will go on long after the final bell sounds,The Conversation Karen Fisher: Shared ownership can help make housing affordable for people with disability, The Conversation Karen Willis & Sophie Lewis: Increased […]

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February wrap up: Blog posts by TASA members

Fabian Cannizzo: Dignity in a Consumer Society: Thinking with Bauman and Hochschild Alan Scott: Is democracy a form of government that works?

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February wrap up: Journal articles by TASA members

Strengers, Y. Nicholls, L. (published online 21/2/17), ‘Convenience and energy consumption in the smart home of the future: industry visions from Australia and beyond.’ Energy Research and Social Science. Strengers, Y. Maller, C. (published online 16/2/17), ‘Adapting to ‘extreme’ weather: mobile practice memories of keeping warm and cool as a climate change adaptation strategy’, Environment and Planning A.  Kim Jose, Alison […]

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February wrap up: Podcasts by TASA members

Marcus Maloney: Fame in the Internet Age- the case of PewDiePie, 2SER – Real Radio 107.3 FM Xiaoying Qi discusses her paper  Social Movements in China: Augmenting Mainstream Theory with Guanxi. Click here to listen to the podcast. Meredith Nash: Digital Discussion Series: Homeward Bound Expedition interview with Meredith Nash, United Nations Academic Impact Tom Barnes: Toyota to end car […]

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Book: Gay Men’s Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age

TASA member Peter Robinson, a Senior Lecturer in History and Sociology at Swinburne University, has completed the third book in his series on Gay Men. Peter Robinson’s first book, The Changing World of Gay Men was published in 2008 (Palgrave Macmillan, UK) and won The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Inaugural Raewyn Connell Prize in 2010 for the […]

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January wrap up: Podcasts by TASA Members

Dan Woodman: What Makes For a Successful, Liveable City?

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January wrap up: Videos by TASA Members

Holly Thorpe: Action Sports for a Better World

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January wrap up: Books by TASA members

Craig Browne 2017 Habermas and Giddens on Praxis and Modernity: A Constructive Comparison, Anthem Press: London                

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January wrap up: Informed News Analysis & Commentary by TASA members

David Rowe: Australia needs to make sport a more equal playing field: here’s why, The Conversation Yolande Strengers, Cecily Maller, Larissa Nicholls: Hot dogs and cool cats: keeping pets cool without blowing your energy bill, The Conversation Mark Chou & Michael Ondaatje: The Drama of Politics: Enacting Trump’s Presidential Self, ABC Religion and Ethics Catherine Strong: One year on, we should remember […]

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Sociology of Ageing/Social Gerontology

Sociology Programme School of Humanities and Social Sciences Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally and 1st amongst the world’s best young universities. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at NTU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programmes in a full range of disciplines. Interdisciplinary […]

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January wrap up: Blog posts by TASA members

Joni Meenagh: Masculinity So Stale: Cultural Narratives of Men’s Sexual Refusals Fabian Cannizzo: The Deep Story: A Reflection on Arlie Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land Ann Game: Master woodworker Alexia Maddox: Serendipity, crowdfunding and cryptocurrencies Deborah Lupton: 15 top tips for revising journal articles Ann Game: The Pharmacist in Anghiari Ann Game: Buongiorno Anne Game: The Talozzi family Ann Game: Sun and fire Deborah […]

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January wrap up: Journal Article Publications by TASA Members

Meredith Nash. (2017). ‘White pregnant bodies on the Australian beach: A visual discourse analysis of family photographs’.Journal of Gender Studies. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2016.1264297 R. Lloyd, M. Newlands and Theresa Petray (2017) Coral Battleground? Re-examining the ‘Save the Reef’ Campaign in 1960s Australia.Environmental Sociology 3(1): 54-63. Katie Wright. (2016). ‘Speaking out: Representations of child sexual abuse in media, memoir and public inquiries’. Red Feather […]

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Victoria leads the way on family violence, but Canberra needs to lift its game

The royal commission made 227 recommendations to transform Victoria’s family violence system. AAP/David Crosling Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University; JaneMaree Maher, Monash University; Jude McCulloch, Monash University, and Sandra Walklate, University of Liverpool Today marks one year since Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence released its seven-volume report and recommendations. These set out a blueprint to […]

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December wrap up: Videos by TASA members

Dan Woodman & Bryan Turner: TASA 2016 Open Plenary Safer Schools for LGBTIQ People and their Families: A panel organised by the Families and Relationships Thematic Group (FRG) at TASA2016 to explore Safer Schools for LGBTIQ People and their families. The four presenters include: Jennifer Power – Rainbow Families in Schools; Lucy Nicholas –  Safe Schools Coalition and […]

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December wrap up: Podcasts by TASA members

Andrew Jakubowicz: Is the Australian working class racist? Only if prompted, says expert. Katies Hughes: TASA2016 Presidential address Doug Ezzy: Governing Religious Diversity in Australia Theresa Petray and Nick Pendergrast: Experimental Utopias and Social Change: Examples from Australian Non-Hegemonic Activism (Power Point slides – Experimental Utopias and Social Change: Examples from Australian Non-Hegemonic Activism) Nick Pendergrast: Rescuing Dogs in […]

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December wrap up: Books by TASA members

McKenzie, Lara 2017. ‘A precarious passion: Gendered and age-based insecurity among aspiring academics in Australia’, in Being an early career feminist academic: Global perspectives, experiences, and challenges, Thwaites, Rachel & Pressland, Amy (eds), Studies in gender and education series, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 31-49. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-54325-7       Bourdieusian Prospects (Routledge), edited by […]

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December wrap up: Informed News Analysis & Commentary by TASA members

Stewart Lockie: Why give the Green Army its marching orders? The Conversation Alexandra Gibson, Alex Broom & Zarnie Lwin: ‘It’s your fault you got cancer’: the blame game that doesn’t help anyone, The Conversation Maurizio Labbate, Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, Erica Donner & Roisin McMahon: Why the health and agriculture sectors need to work together to stop antibiotic resistance, The Conversation Petra Bueskens: Why We Grieved For Hillary […]

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December wrap up: Blog posts by TASA members

James Arvanitakis : Education Blog: Graduate Attributes for 2017 and beyond Megan Sharp: The Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire resonates with queers globally by Megan Sharpe Andrew Metcalfe: Arriving in Anghiari James Arvanitakis: Education Blog: How educators are failing and how we can respond Alan Scott: Star Dust Ann Game: A walk in the Sovara valley Ann Game: The piazza Ann Game: Christmas […]

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December wrap up: Journal Article Publications by TASA Members

Malatzky, Christina. 2016. “Abnormal mothers: Breastfeeding, governmentality and emotion amongst regional Australian women.”Gender Issues. doi: 10.1007/s12147-016-9179-0 Lewthwaite, B., K. Wilson, V. Wallace, S. McGinty and L. Swain (2016) ‘Challenging normative assumptions regarding disengaged youth: a phenomenological perspective’, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Myconos, G., J. Thomas, K. Wilson, K. te Riele and L. Swain (2016) ‘Educational Re-engagement as Social Inclusion: […]

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Social media bodies: Revealing the entanglement of sexual wellbeing, mental health and social media in education

TASA member Natalie Hendry has a new book chapter out: Hendry, N. A. (2017). Social media bodies: Revealing the entanglement of sexual wellbeing, mental health and social media in education. In L. Allen & M. L. Rasmussen (Eds.), Palgrave handbook of sex education (pp. 509–526). London: Palgrave Macmillan.   You can follow Natalie on Twitter: @projectnat  

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Social Movements in China: Augmenting Mainstream Theory with Guanxi

TASA member Xiaoying Qi discusses her paper “Social Movements in China: Augmenting Mainstream Theory with Guanxi”, Posted February 2017. Click here to start listening to Sociology Podcast No. 16.

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Increased private health insurance premiums don’t mean increased value

Karen Willis, Australian Catholic University and Sophie Lewis, University of Sydney A topic of discussion at many barbecues this summer will inevitably be private health insurance. Is it worth it? Do we need it? Every year it gets more expensive. The average 4.8% increase in premiums just announced will have more Australians raising these questions, […]

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Shared ownership can help make housing affordable for people with disability

Ilan Wiesel, University of Melbourne and Karen R Fisher, UNSW The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is expected to help more people with disability access the support services they need to live independently in the community. But the majority of NDIS participants have low incomes. So, without substantial financial assistance, they struggle to find affordable […]

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