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Date: 3/16/2020
Subject: March Newsletter
From: TASA

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Newsletter of the
Sociology of Youth Thematic Group

Welcome to the March Newsletter

We would like wish our thematic group members all the best in these difficult times. The rapid spread of COVID-19 is posing some very real challenges for our members and communities. We urge everyone to keep safe, maintain social isolation where you can, and keep an eye out for vulnerable members of the community. 
If you would like any information disseminated during this time, please do not hesitate to contact Paulina or Shereen at your earliest convenience

Book Launch

Understanding Risk-Taking

by J. O. Zinn, Palgrave MacMillan 2020

Wednesday 18 March 2020, 4:30pm - 7:30pm
The Linkway, John Medley Building
University of Melbourne


Introduced by Prof. Alan Petersen (Monash University) and Dr. Signe Ravn (University of Melbourne). 


 Most people want to avoid and reduce risk but often take risks to gain something they value. There is an uncomfortable tension between experts’ warnings about risk and the need and desire to take risks. This book outlines and systematises findings from a growing body of research that examines the different rationales, dimensions and dynamics of risk-taking in current societies, providing insight into the different motivations and social roots of risk-taking. 


For catering purposes, please RSVP by 15 March at


Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, please check with the organizer if the event is still running closer to the date.


Alan Petersen is Professor in Sociology at Monash University. He is a renowned expert in health and risk. He is known for ‘The new public health: Health and self in the age of risk’ and his research on governance, nanotechnology and genetics in medicine.


Signe Ravn is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on youth,risk and risk-taking, as well as gender, disadvantage, and processes of marginalisation in youth transitions to adulthood. In 2019 she published the co-authored book ‘Youth, Risk, Routine. A New

Approach to Understanding Risk-Taking in Young Lives’ (Routledge) with Dr Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson.

Jens O. Zinn is T.R. Ashworth Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Melbourne and is 
internationally known for his work on risk and risk taking. His recent work explores everyday strategies to deal with risk and uncertainty and discourse-semantic changes of risk and related concepts.

In 2015 he received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award for his scholarly achievements.

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