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TASA 2019: Submissions open

TASA 2019 Diversity & Urban Growth 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 (GWS) at their new […]

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TASA Carer’s Travel Bursary

Applications for the inaugural 2019 round will close on May 27, 2019. The TASA Carer’s Travel Bursary is designed to assist TASA members who have primary caring responsibilities by providing funds to assist with the costs of additional care required while they present their research at the TASA annual conference.The bursary assists carers up to the […]

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Settling migrants in regional areas will need more than a visa to succeed

Mingoola resident Julia Harpham has led the way in welcoming African migrant families to revitalise the tiny NSW township. Regennovate/YouTube John van Kooy, Monash University and Rebecca Wickes, Monash University Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced two new regional visas as part of a national population plan. The Skilled Employer Sponsored and Skilled Work regional […]

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

Journal Articles Robert van Krieken (2019) Georg Franck’s ‘The Economy of Attention’: Mental capitalism and the struggle for attention. Journal of Sociology.  Lilly Brown (2019)Indigenous young people, disadvantage and the violence of settler colonial education policy and curriculum. Journal of Sociology.  Jenny Chesters (2019) Egalitarian Australia? Associations between family wealth and outcomes in young adulthood. Journal of […]

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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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Event: Social Suffering in the Neoliberal Age: Classificatory Logic and Systems of Governance

CALL FOR PAPERS: SYMPOSIUM + POST GRAD WORKSHOP “Social Suffering in the Neoliberal Age: Classificatory Logic and Systems of Governance” Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Campus, Sydney, Australia, July 18-19th, 2019 Post Grad Workshop: Wednesday, 17 July 2019. KEYNOTES Chris Grover, University of Lancaster www.lancaster.ac.uk/sociology/people/chris-grover Corrinne Sullivan, WSU www.westernsydney.edu.au/staff_profiles/uws_profiles/ms_corrinne_sullivan Jason De Santolo, UTS, Sydney www.uts.edu.au/staff/jason.desantolo […]

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Expressions of our deepest sympathy to our Aotearoa-New Zealand colleagues in SAANZ

Dear Associate Professor Matthewman (Steve) I write to you on behalf of the TASA Executive to express our deepest sympathy to our Aotearoa-New Zealand colleagues in SAANZ following the Christchurch terror attacks. We offer a particular message of support to members in Christchurch, members of Muslim heritage and those directly affected by Friday’s tragedy. The […]

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If you’ve got private health insurance, the choice to use it in a public hospital is your own

When you’re admitted to a public hospital, they’ll want to know if you have private health insurance. From shutterstock.com Sophie Lewis, UNSW; Karen Willis, La Trobe University, and Rebecca E. Olson, The University of Queensland You arrive at your local public hospital for treatment. The hospital staff ask for your name, date of birth and […]

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Creative Sociology and So Fi Zine

Ashleigh Watson Creativity and imagination are central to sociology, as they arguably are to varying extents in all research and analysis. Interestingly, people are really leaning into this creativity—arts practices are increasingly present in social research and in sociological projects that directly engage with Mills’ notion of sociological imagination. This isn’t only in translational ways, […]

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

Andrew Peterson, Garth Stahl and Hannah Soong (2020) (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education. Springer International Publishing.           Patulny, R, Bellocchi A, Olson, R, Khorana, S, McKenzie, J, Peterie, M (eds) (2019). Emotions in Late Modernity, London/New York: Routledge (for the Series on the Sociology of Emotions).             (more…)

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

Journal Articles Harvey, Andrew, & Mallman, Mark (2019). Beyond cultural capital: Understanding the strengths of new migrants within higher education. Policy Futures in Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/1478210318822180 Joel Windle (2019) Neoliberalism, imperialism and conservatism: tangled logics of educational inequality in the global South, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2019.1569878 Joel Windle & Quentin Maire (2019) Beyond the global city: a comparative analysis of cosmopolitanism […]

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Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Shakira Hussein

Last year, 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…  Dr Shakira Hussein is a research fellow at […]

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Choosing a career? These jobs won’t go out of style

Careers in health care, education and design are unlikely to be automated. www.shutterstock.com Lisa Denny, University of Tasmania Sensationalist claims that 40% of jobs in Australia won’t exist in the future are unhelpful for young Australians thinking about entering the workforce. The reality is some jobs will no longer exist, new jobs will be created […]

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New Health Network website

Please join TASA members, and others, in building the HEALTH Network.  If health is your field, you can become a member,  tell them about your work, as well as share your commentaries, insights, questions, interventions, and suggestions. You can also send them notices about events and publications for posting on their website as well as […]

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Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Annetta Mallon

Last year, 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…  Annetta Mallon is a social researcher, Thanadoula, with […]

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Save the date: Social Sciences Week 2019

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. We […]

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

Books Rick Iedema, Katherine Carroll, Aileen Collier, Su-yin Hor, Jessica Mesman, Mary Wyer (2019) Video Reflexive Ethnography in Health Research and Healthcare Improvement: Theory and Application. Routledge.               Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson & Signe Ravn (2018). Youth, Risk, Routine: A New Perspective on Risk-Taking in Young Lives, 1st Edition. Routledge.                (more…)

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

Journal articles Hamilton, M., Botfield, J., Newman, C.E., Persson, A., valentine, k., Bryant, J., Wallace, J. (2018) Hidden carers for an increasingly hidden illness? A scoping review of the needs of informal carers of people with HIV in the contemporary treatment era. International Journal of Carers and Caring, 2(4): 529-549. https://doi.org/10.1332/239788218X15411705099442 Grant, Ruby, Kim Beasy, Sherridan Emery and Bianca […]

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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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Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Christian Mauri

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… Christian Mauri’s research deals with the employment and work […]

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The far-right may think they own ‘nationalism’, but we can reclaim it as a force for good

Rachel Busbridge, Australian Catholic University We see the word “nationalism” as problematic. The weekend rally on St Kilda beach, organised by far-right activist Neil Erikson, reminds us nationalism is the territory of fringe groups who hold bigoted views, particularly towards people who aren’t “white”. Nationalism means: Identification with one’s own nation and support for its […]

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Forcing Australia Day citizenship ceremonies on councils won’t make the issue go away

The Australia Day debate will likely become more pronounced each year. from shutterstock.com Rachel Busbridge, Australian Catholic University and Mark Chou, Australian Catholic University In the latest instalment of the culture wars surrounding Australia Day, Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday said he plans to force councils to hold citizenship ceremonies on January 26. The […]

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Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Na’ama Carlin

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… Dr Na’ama Carlin has a PhD in Social Sciences (Sociology) […]

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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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Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Karly Burch

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… Karly Burch completed their PhD in sociology at the University […]

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

Journal Articles Jennifer Laurence, David McCallum, ‘On Innocence Lost: How Children Are Made Dangerous‘, International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol 7, no. 4 (2018) pp. 148-164 Boese, M., Moran, A. and Mallman, M., 2018. Multi-local settlement mobilities. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, pp.1-19. Published online first https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1549981 Taylor, N., & Sutton, Z. (2018). For an Emancipatory Animal […]

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

Books Suzanne Franzway, Nicole Moulding, Sarah Wendt, Carole Zufferey and Donna Chung (2018) The sexual politics of gendered violence and women’s citizenship. Policy Press.               Dobson, Amy S., Robards, Brady & Carah, Nicholas (eds.) (2018) Digital Intimate Publics and Social Media. New York: Palgrave. (Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change).         […]

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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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