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The authenticity of Carlos Castaneda

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

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Call for Papers – Postgraduate and ECR Methods Workshop

The Australian Sociological Association and Western Sydney University Institute for Culture and Society, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, and Graduate Research School are proud to co-host a two-day workshop for Postgraduates and ECRs “Modern Methodologies: Developments in Doing Sociological Research” at Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus, February 15th-16th, 2018 We invite abstracts from Postgraduates […]

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What’s the next big social change coming in 2018?

TASA member James Arvanitakis thinks, as the world moves so fast now, taking the middle ground is almost becoming a radical stance. Play the video below to hear what James has to say.  pic.twitter.com/ywXXXjsYsE — ABC News (@abcnews) January 6, 2018

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2018 TASA Awards

Outstanding Service to TASA 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. Nominations close May […]

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

Journal Articles Lucy Nicholas (2017). Beyond quiet tolerance to diversity perspectives: When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression, Ethos – page 9, Journal of Social Education Victoria Inc, Vol 25 No 4 Term 4 2017 Glover, Andrew, Yolande Strengers, and Tania Lewis. 2017. “The Unsustainability of Academic Aeromobility in Australian Universities.” Sustainability: Science, Practice and […]

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December wrap up: Books by TASA members

Zinn, J.O. & McDonald, D. 2018: Risk in The New York Times (1987–2014). A corpus-based exploration of sociological theories, Palgrave Macmillan.           David McCallum,  Criminalising Children,  Welfare and the State in Australia (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press 2017)             (more…)

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December wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

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

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Challenges for the Future of Australian Sociology

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

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Social Sciences Week

Social Sciences Week is an opportunity for social scientists to engage non-academic audiences with cutting edge social science research, to show-case 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. Social […]

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Vimeo: Meredith Nash on the #metoo movement

TASA member Meredith Nash, the Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania, was in the news recently discussing the extent to which the #metoo movement will eventuate in social change. You can watch & listen to what Meredith had to say via the below Vimeo. Will social […]

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Facebook’s new Messenger Kids app could be good for digital literacy

Facebook’s Messenger Kids has sparked debate about what age children should be using messaging apps. Shutterstock.com Philippa Collin, Western Sydney University Facebook is trialling a new Messenger Kids app in the United States. The standalone app is aimed at under-13s, who aren’t currently eligible for a normal Facebook account. Parents are responsible for setting up […]

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Schools are not adequately preparing young Australians to participate in our democracy

As young Australians approach voting age they need simple, clear and practical instructions about the mechanics of how government works and how to vote. Shutterstock Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University; Jacqueline Laughland-Booy, Monash University, and Zlatko Skrbis, Monash University Australia’s youth are interested in politics and are passionate about issues but, unless we take note of […]

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November wrap up: Books by TASA members

Paternoster, Henry (2017). Reimagining Class in Australia: Marxism, Populism and Social Science. Springer.           O’Loughlin, Kate, Browning, Colette, Kendig, Hal (Eds.). (2017). Ageing in Australia: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer.         (more…)

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November wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

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

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

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

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TASA Presidential address: Dan Woodman

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Foreign ownership of housing – how do Australia and New Zealand compare?

Erika Altmann, University of Tasmania Foreign national ownership of property is a growing concern for many countries, including New Zealand and Australia. From 2018, New Zealand is banning foreign ownership of residential property in an attempt to curb housing inflation and high vacancy rates. (more…)

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October wrap up: Books by TASA members

Sara James (2018). Making a Living, Making a Life: Work, Meaning and Self-Identity, Routledge               (more…)

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

Journal Articles Segrave, M., Forbes-Mewett, H. and Keel, C. (2017) Migration Review Tribunal decisions in student visa cancellation appeals: Sympathy, hardship and exceptional circumstances. Current Issues in Criminal Justice 29 (1). Forbes-Mewett, H. and Wickes, R. (Accepted 15 August 2017) The neighbourhood context of crime against international students. Journal of Sociology. Wilson Otengah, Erick Ater Onyango, Noah M.O Sanganyi, & Crispinous Iteyo(2017) Compelled […]

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Australia’s underground Visa market

TASA Treasurer Shanthi Robertson from Western Sydney University, whose area of expertise is migration, spoke on SBS’s The Feed recently regarding Australia’s underground visa market.  To view Shanthi’s appearance (5:11 – 7:30), click on the following link and select The Feed November 16: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/thefeed

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October wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

This post includes blogs, a storify and informed news & analysis by TASA members (more…)

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Annual General Meeting – time change

The time of the Annual General Meeting is now 5:15pm – 6:15pm  Wednesday November 29th Social Science Lecture Theatre                                                                          […]

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Call for Abstracts: Translating youth research to policy and practice

Following the success of the Crime and Governance ‘Politics and Crime Control’ symposium, The Journal of Applied Youth Studies (JAYS), along with guest editors Joel McGregor and Xanthé Mallett, are now welcoming abstract submissions for a special issue to be published in early 2018. (more…)

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TASA 2019 & TASA 2020 EoI call – deadline extended

Host the 2019 or 2020 TASA Conference: Call for Expressions of Interest   (more…)

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Nexus Volume 29:3

Nexus editors Eileen Clark, Peter Robinson and Alexia Maddox have compiled a bumper final 2017 issue.  You can access all the articles directly from the Nexus site.

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#TASA2017 Concurrent Sessions Program

The #TASA2017 LOC have completed the mammoth task of compiling the concurrent sessions program. You can access it via the link below:

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Representing Student Diversity in the First Year Experience

TASA member Sue Nichols, from the University of South Australia, has been a part of an interesting study involving first year university students. Sue’s post about the research can be read below. Please note, this post first appeared on our Cultural Sociology website. (more…)

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Gay rebels: why some older homosexual men don’t support same-sex marriage

Peter Robinson, Swinburne University of Technology I … don’t for the life of me understand why the gay community has decided to emulate an institution that doesn’t work for even straight people … It is laughable   (more…)

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Podcast: Masculinity

TASA member & Public Engagement Portfolio Leader Nicholas Hookway, from the University of Tasmania, recently discussed ‘masculinity’ with Leon Compton from ABC Radio Tasmania. You can listen to their discussion via this podcast link.

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TASA 2017 Program at a Glance

The TASA 2017 Program at a Glance is now available.

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University researchers seize upon Masters Games opportunity

TASA member, and Public Engagement Portfolio Leader, Nicholas Hookway talking about ageing and staying active.

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TASA 2018

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 next year’s conference is Precarity, Rights and Resistance. The pressures that […]

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Last of the Millers Point and Sirius tenants hang on as the money now pours in

Alan Morris, University of Technology Sydney The Millers Point and Sirius building tenants’ long, hard struggle against eviction from their inner Sydney community is reaching a critical point. On September 21, Housing NSW provided the following statistics to the Millers Point Estates Advisory Board: only seven residents in four tenancies have yet to commit to […]

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Same Sex Marriage Postal Survey

Fellow member James Arvanitakis speaking on ABC’s News Breakfast program about the same sex marriage postal survey: “Traumatic” and a “policy failure” is how our Friday confabbers have described the SSM postal survey @joelcreasey + @jarvanitakis pic.twitter.com/nsyF7SmCD1 — News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) October 26, 2017

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Journal of Sociology 2019 Special Issue

The winning bids for the Journal of Sociology 2019 Special Issue have been announced. There were two winners: 1)       Indigenous Sociology: Contemporary Theoretical Perspectives Guest Editors: Professor Maggie Walter, University of Tasmania, Professor Tracey McIntosh, University of Auckland, Professor Bronwyn Carlson, Macquarie University, and Dr Robert Webb, University of Auckland 2)       Gendered and Generational Inequalities in the Gig Economy […]

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Here’s how Australia can act to target racist behaviour online

Racists take advantage of social media algorithms to find people with similar beliefs. from www.shutterstock.com Andrew Jakubowicz, University of Technology Sydney Although racism online feels like an insurmountable problem, there are legal and civil actions we can take right now in Australia to address it. Racism expressed on social media sites provided by Facebook and […]

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September wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Informed News & Analysis Jennifer Power: FactCheck: are children ‘better off’ with a mother and father than withsame-sex parents? The Conversation Steve Matthewman: Sociology from Aotearoa New Zealand: Power Politics in Post-Disaster Ōtautahi, Global Dialogue Holly Thorpe: Sociology from Aotearoa New Zealand: Creative Sports in Post-Disaster Geographies, Global Dialogue Robert Webb: Sociology from Aotearoa New Zealand: Towards an Indigenous Criminology, Global Dialogue Steve Matthewman […]

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

Journal Articles Ben Gook, “Nancy Fraser’s Zeitdiagnose: Capitalism after the Financial Crisis,” Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie (Journal of Political Theory) 7.2, 2017. Free download. Lea, E and Marlow, A and Altmann, E and Courtney-Pratt, H, “Nursing students’ preferences for clinical placements in the residential aged care setting”, Journal of Clinical Nursing pp. 1-10. doi:10.1111/jocn.13859 ISSN 0962-1067 (2017) [Refereed Article] Cary Bennett (2017) Drugs, moral panics and […]

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September wrap up: Books by TASA members

Rachel Busbridge (2017) Multicultural Politics of Recognition and Postcolonial Citizenship: Rethinking the Nation. Routledge               White, R., Wyn, J. & Robards, B. (2017) Youth and Society, fourth edn, Oxford University Press.               (more…)

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Could I be an ally?

The below post from TASA member Dr Yarrow Andrew, Flinders University, was originally published on the Genders & Sexualities website and has been republished here with the groups’ permission. As a member of my University’s Ally network, supporting LGBT+ students, I think a lot about who becomes an ‘ally’, and why. Despite the name, the majority of […]

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**IMPORTANT** TASA 2017 program inclusion deadline

Please note, all presenters need to be registered by October 10 to be included in the conference program. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so today via the conference website.

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The Benchmark Sociologist

TASA member Lucy Nicholas is a senior lecturer and major disciple coordinator at Swinburne University. The TASA 2016 conference held at ACU Melbourne was in many ways one of the most inspiring for gender and sexualities scholars, marking the first year of the Genders and Sexualities Special Interest Group. The room for this stream was […]

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Young Australians are engaged in political issues, but unsure how democracy works

Research shows young people are passionate about issues like marriage equality, but many do not understand how governments are formed and prime ministers elected. Shutterstock Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University; Jacqueline Laughland-Booy, Monash University, and Zlatko Skrbis, Monash University The importance of Australians having the knowledge and skills to participate as active citizens is always a […]

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Podcast: Toilet run

TASA member & Public Engagement Portfolio Leader Nicholas Hookway co hosts the Eavesdrop podcast with Justin Smith. Their latest podcast is available below:

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Why Should I do a PhD?

If you have ever thought about doing a PhD, but you’re not quite sure, this video is for you.  TASA member Professor James Arvanitakis, Dean of Graduate Studies at Western Sydney University talks about some of the reasons you should do a PhD… and then some of the reasons why it might not be the […]

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Host the 2019 or 2020 TASA Conference: Call for Expressions of Interest

We are seeking expressions of interest for hosting the November 2019 and the 2020 TASA Conferences. The annual conference is a key event for sociologists to present their research and network with peers, usually attracting over 400 participants. Hosting the conference is an ideal opportunity for a university, department or other workplace to showcase their […]

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Launch of the report ‘Temporary Migration and Family Violence: An analysis of victimisation, vulnerability and support’.

The Monash Gender and Family Violence Program and the Border Crossing Observatory, together with InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence will be launching a report into temporary migration and family violence. This report is based on a research collaboration with InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence in 2016, and draws on an extensive evidence base. […]

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August wrap-up: Public output by TASA members

Ashleigh Watson: Making So Fi, a sociological fiction zine Anoushka Benbow-Buitenhuis: Commoditised Promises of Ageless Perfection: Cosmetic Wellness and the Promise of the Ideal Face James Arvanitakis: Young People and Citizenship in Western Sydney Alan Scott: Sociology and Law Justin Smith & Nicholas Hookway & : Eavesdrop (more…)

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Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS)

TASA member Joshua Roose is a foundational member of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS). The association is committed to promoting scholarly studies of Islam and Muslim societies. This includes studies of Islam as a religion, as well as the lived experience of Muslims in Australia and beyond. There is a launch for […]

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

Collyer, F.M.; Willis, K. and Lewis, S. (2017) ‘Gatekeepers in the Healthcare Sector: Knowledge and Bourdieu’s Concept of Field’ Social Science and Medicine 186: 96-103. Connell, R.; Pearse, R.; Collyer, F.M.; Maia, J. and Morrell, R. (2017) ‘Negotiating with the North: How Southern-tier Intellectual Workers Deal With the Global Economy of Knowledge’ The Sociological Review. DOI: 10.1177/0038026117705038  p. 1–17. Hughes, K.  (2017). Transition pedagogies and the neoliberal […]

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August wrap-up: Books by TASA members

Jeremy C. A. Smith (2017) Debating civilisations: Interrogating civilisational analysis in a global age, Manchester University Press             Stephen Kerry (2018) Trans Dilemmas: Living in Australia’s Remote Areas and in Aboriginal Communities. Routledge.           (more…)

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An interactive Introduction to Human Rights and Responsibilities resource

The Australian Human Rights Commission has developed an online, interactive, Introduction to Human Rights and Responsibilities resource. It is designed as two unique lesson plans that are both aimed at 10 – 12 year olds. You can access the resource here.

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The Dangers of 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 about the dangers of dominant theories I was impressed by an article in the Journal of Sociology (Vol.53 No. 1 March 2017) by Val Colic-Peisker from […]

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Digital Sociology Podcast with Deborah Lupton

TASA member and World renowned sociologist Deborah Lupton was interviewed by Christopher Harpertill for the Digital Sociology Podcast. Deborah talks a bit about her biography and how she came to be researching “the digital” and how her early work on the virality of HIV paved the way for thinking about digital networks. Deborah and Christopher […]

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Research Assistant Employment Opportunity

Research Assistant, Media and Communications  Swinburne University, Hawthorn Application deadline: September 5 For more details, see https://www.seek.com.au/job/34157052?type=standard&userqueryid=f24917ab42e9ac736d18dadb9df97bfc-7797641

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July wrap up: Books by TASA members

Hamilton, Lindsay, Taylor, Nik (2017). Ethnography after Humanism: Power, Politics and Method in Multi-Species Research. Palgrave.           Palumbo, Antonino  and Scott, Alan(2018) Remaking Market Society. A Critique of Social Theory and Political Economy in Neoliberal Time.               Boese, Martina, Marotta, Vince (Eds)(2017) Critical Reflections on Migration, ‘Race’ and Multiculturalism Australia in a Global Context, Routledge. […]

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Lecturer in Sociology – employment opportunity

Lecturer in Sociology (Sociological Theory – Ongoing) University of Melbourne School of Social and Political Sciences Application deadline: September 10 For more details, see http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/891444/lecturer-in-sociology

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July wrap up: Book reviews by TASA members

Peter Bansel Book Review: Peter Robinson, Gay Men’s Relationships Across the Life Course, Journal of Sociology. Jul 10, 2017 | OnlineFirst Mark Mallman Book Review: Class, Journal of Sociology. Jul 13, 2017 | OnlineFirst Graham Davidson Book Review: Thinking the Antipodes: Australian Essays, Journal of Sociology. Jul 13, 2017 | OnlineFirst

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July wrap up: Reports by TASA members

Robinson, Catherine (2017) Too hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania, Hobart: Anglicare Tasmania.

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July wrap up: Working papers by TASA members

Dina Bowman, Shelley Mallett and Dairmuid Cooney-O’Donoghue 2017, Basic income: trade-offs and bottom lines

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July wrap up: Journal articles by TASA members

Christopher Mayes, Jane Williams & Wendy Lipworth (2017). Conflicted hope: social egg freezing and clinical conflicts of interest, Health Sociology Review Block, K., & Gibbs, L. (2017). Promoting Social Inclusion through Sport for Refugee-background Youth in Australia: Analysing Different Participation Models Social Inclusion, 5(2), 91-100. Scott Fitzpatrick & Jo River (2017). Beyond the medical model: Future directions for suicide intervention […]

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July wrap up: Television series by TASA members

Catherine Robinson: SBS series Filthy Rich and Homeless

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July wrap up: Blog posts by TASA members

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

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Victorian Government Forum on LGBTI Inclusion in Faith Communities: Statement of Support

Last week, over 100 faith and community leaders came together, including TASA members Luke Gahan and Gary Bouma, to better support the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) Victorians in our communities. The Statement of Support, that was written by all of those in attendance, can be […]

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July wrap up: Informed News & Analysis by TASA members

Catherine Robinson: Homelessness: The real housing crisis gripping Australia, SBS Catherine Robinson: Comment: Why ‘Filthy Rich & Homeless’ enables the homeless to tell their own stories, SBS Judy Rose: Can a shorter work week help work-life balance? CPA Australia Kate Fitz-Gibbon, JaneMaree Maher & Jude McCulloch: Long ignored, adolescent family violence needs our attention, The Conversation Dan Woodman: There is no boomers v millennials generational war […]

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Changing the World with Hope

TASA member James Arvanitakis questioning ‘How can people who were once enemies come together and try to make a better future’

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Why are there so few women screen composers?

Lisa Gerrard performing in Budapest, 2012. She is one of Australia’s few successful female composers for screen. Balazs Mohai/EPA Catherine Strong, RMIT University Just 13% of those composing music for screen are women, according to membership figures from APRA AMCOS, the organisation that looks after copyright for songwriters, composers and music publishers in Australia. Female […]

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Sociology and Law

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 Sociology and Law. I have never thought much about Sociology and Law (criminal or common).  My dictionary of Sociology tells me that Sociology stands in […]

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Mobilising health sociology for impact: How can complex understandings of injustice and inequality be used in policy and practice?

2017 TASA Health Day Friday 13th October 2017, UNSW Sydney TASA’s Health Sociology thematic group has opened registrations for the 2017 TASA Health Day. Full details of the event are available via the event’s webpage here.

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Downsizing cost trap awaits retirees – five reasons to be wary

Add up all the neglected costs of downsizing and retirees have good reason to be wary of making the move. wavebreakmedia from www.shutterstock.com Erika Altmann, University of Tasmania It’s time to debunk the myth of zero housing costs in retirement if we want to understand why retirees resist downsizing. Retirees have at least five reasons […]

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Universities have a problem with sexual assault and harassment: here’s how to fix it

University students need more, and better, education in sexual violence prevention strategies. Shutterstock Michael Flood, Queensland University of Technology Universities in Australia have a serious problem with sexual assault and sexual harassment. The Australian Human Rights Commission’s survey, released today, documents that large numbers of students have experienced sexual assault and harassment. This is no […]

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Enhancing access to your research: A policy review of Open Access

From the archives: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, past Editor in Chief, Journal of Sociology, current Vice President of TASA.  The ever changing world of academia has two recent phenomena that appear to be here for the foreseeable future, namely the impact of research funding agencies and the quantification of our work. Open Access (OA) is related to […]

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Eavesdrop: a podcast by Nicholas Hookway

TASA member and Public Engagement Portfolio Leader Nicholas Hookway and his friend Justin take turns telling stories of the everyday. From dealing with potty mouth toddlers, to the dramas of amateur sporting heroics and contemporary funeral fashions, they combine social commentary with a healthy dose of piss taking to shed light on life’s big questions […]

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June wrap up: Book Reviews by TASA members

Zlatko Skrbiš (2017) P. Beilharz, T. Hogan and S. Shaver, The Martin Presence: Jean Martin and the Making of the Social Sciences in Australia, Journal of Sociology

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June wrap up: Reports by TASA members

Petra Bueskens, ‘Poverty-traps and pay-gaps: why (single) mothers need basic income’ in Views of a Universal Basic Income: Perspectives from across Australia, The Greens Institute, pp. 42-51. Pienaar, K., Dilkes-Frayne, E., Fraser, S., Kokanovic, R., Moore, D., Treloar, C. and Dunlop, A. (2017). Experiences of alcohol and other drug addiction, dependence or habit in Australia: Findings and recommendations from […]

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June wrap up: Journal Special Issue by TASA members

Johns, Amelia., Noble, Greg, & Harris, Anita (2017) After Cronulla: ‘Where the Bloody Hell Are We Now?’ Journal of Intercultural Studies

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June wrap up: Journal Articles by TASA members

Stevens, C. (2017) ‘Now I can never go back’: The thwarted returns of temporary labour migrants from China in Perth, Western Australia, Transitions: Journal of Temporary Migration 1(1): 65-83 Clancey Garner, Westcott Harriet. “This rabid fight for survival”: Small NGO manager’s experiences of funding reform. Australian Journal of Social Issues. 2017;00:1–17, doi: 10.1002/ajs4.9. Bourgault du Coudray, C, & Elliott, K (eds) (2017), ‘De-story […]

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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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