Refereed Proceedings of TASA 2016
The Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, Melbourne, 28 November – 1 December 2016
Editor: Mark Chou
© TASA 2016
*the Concurrent Program document, that sits within this Conference Program, is not up-to-date. Please refer to the separate Concurrent Program.
About TASA 2016
The Australian Catholic University is proud to host The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference for 2016. This year’s conference, which will explore the theme ‘Cities and Successful Societies’, will take place at ACU’s Fitzroy Campus in the heart of Melbourne City between 28 November and 1 December. Melbourne is a fitting location for TASA 2016. As the ‘World’s Most Livable City’ (The Economist) and the ‘Second Best Student City in the World’ (QR University Rankings), Melbourne is frequently cited by politicians, economists and planners as an exemplar 21st century global city. Yet despite its reputation as a cultural hub and tourist destination, the city is also home to many social problems found in ‘less successful’ societies. From record housing unaffordability, growing inequality to a domestic violence epidemic, Melbourne provides a unique lens through which to study the byproducts faced by so-called successful societies. If Australia is the ‘lucky country’ and Melbourne the world’s most livable city, then just what do we mean when we label a city or society successful? What are the preconditions of human flourishing? Are Melburnians and Australians ‘happy’? Is there such a thing as an acceptable level of housing and income in/equality? To what extent must environmental and sustainability concerns be central considerations of daily life? What is the base level of respect and dignity with which we must treat our most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society? How do we overcome differences of belief to build a socially cohesive and inclusive society? These are the questions at the heart of the intellectual programme of this year’s TASA conference.
Professor Michèle Lamont, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and President-Elect of the American Sociological Association. You can follow Michèle on Twitter. Professor Bryan S. Turner, Director of the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University and Presidential Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York. Winner of the 2015 Max Planck Award. Professor Sujatha Fernandes, Professor of Sociology and Political Economy at the University of Sydney. You can follow Sujatha on Twitter.
Scholarship donations: TASA’s Executive is committed to assisting postgraduate students to be active members of the Australian sociological community. We can do this by contributing to their conference registration for TASA 2016 in Melbourne, and we ask for your financial support to help us do so.
TASA has partnered with Goodwill Wines to raise funds to support member activities, specifically thematic group events. All wines are vegan, and all are – we have it on good authority – delicious! TASA receives 50% of the profits of wine purchased through the Goodwill site. So, please feel free to support TASA!
To access the abstracts and papers from the 2015 conference in Cairns, please go to the TASAweb page here.
The ACU Melbourne campus is a modern campus which has been recently renovated. All rooms and facilities have the latest accessibility features. For more information about the campus, please click here or email the campus concierge if you have any specific questions. For more information about general accessibility plans and services, check out the Melbourne City or Yarra City Council sites. The conference hotel selected has accessible rooms that include the following accessibility features:
- Amenities within accessible range to reach
- Roll-in shower
- Grab bars alongside toilet
- Wider guest room and bathroom doorways
- Wheelchair accessible lobby
- Wheelchair accessible public restrooms
The Melbourne airport is approximately 25km from Melbourne CBD / ACU campus. For information about getting to and from the airport, please click here. The best and cheapest way to get around the city (and from ACU to TASA social events) is public transport: trams, trains, buses. Please note: you can no longer buy tickets on board services. You must pre-purchase a myki. For more information, please click here.
This year’s conference hotel is Rydges Melbourne (186 Exhibition street) – right in the heart of Melbourne theatre district and a stone’s throw away from historic Chinatown. The conference managers have negotiated a competitive room rate of $230/night for conference delegates. However, for those wishing to explore their own options, Melbourne has a wide selection of boutique hotels, B&Bs and backpackers. The LOC have negotiated a deal with the Oaks on Lonsdale. There is a promotional code available on the conference portal for this motel. For those interested in hotels and B&Bs, please click here. For those interested in backpackers, please click here. For those interested in Airbnb options, please click here. While ACU Melbourne has no childcare facilities on campus, there are some nearby options delegates can explore at their own cost. Otherwise, there is the Victorian Babysitting Service used widely by city hotels and serviced apartments. Also, Holden Street Childcare (http://www.holdenstreet.org.
Call for Abstracts
Submissions are now closed. Please note that all presenters must be registered by October 16 to be included in the conference programme. From 2015 onward TASA only accepts written conference papers from graduate and honours students. These papers will be reviewed and if accepted included in the conference proceedings (please note, it is not compulsory for graduate and honours students to submit a paper. This cohort can submit an abstract only and will be allocated the same presentation length as peers who have submitted a paper. The difference being, those students who have submitted a paper will have it reviewed and published in the proceedings). As a transition measure, conference papers for refereeing will be accepted from non-students if a delegate cannot access institutional support or funding to attend otherwise. If this applies to you, please contact Sally in the TASA Office for a ‘full paper submission’ code before submitting your paper. Papers for refereeing were due by June 17 2016. Delegates can be listed as a sole or lead author on one presentation only and may be listed as a co-author on one additional paper. All abstracts (and papers) will be submitted for a review process with notification of results sent via email by early August 2016. Accepted abstracts and papers will be allocated 15 minutes presentation time and 5 minutes for questions. Please note that all presenters must be registered by October 16 to be included in the conference programme. Abstract Submission Guidelines
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Abstracts are required for all presentations. Please ensure you download and use the Abstract Template. All abstracts will be submitted for a review process with notification of results sent via email by August 26. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to register and attend the conference. All expenses associated with this are to be covered by the presenter. Full Paper Submission Guidelines
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For more details on paper submission, please see the refereed paper specifications. If you cannot locate a copy of the Style Manual mention in the paper specifications document, please refer to this Style Manual. All papers will be submitted for peer review with notification of results sent via email by August 26. Revisions will need to be resubmitted by September 9. Authors of accepted papers are expected to register and attend the conference. All expenses associated with this are to be covered by the presenter. A publication of conference proceedings will be provided to all delegates. As mentioned above, from 2015, TASA are only able to consider full refereed papers from postgraduate students or delegates who rely on refereed papers to secure conference travel funding. For more details, please click here.
Members' book display
Have you published a book in 2016? Let TASA 2016 delegates know about it! We will have a display table for TASA members’ new books in the conference meal area. We will also hold book launches during morning and afternoon tea breaks. If you have a book you would like to display and/or launch during the TASA 2016 conference, please send an email to David Newheiser and Nicholas Morieson by October 2 with the book title and the name of the person who will launch your book, if applicable. You will need to provide one hard copy of your book by Monday, 28th November at 4.00pm for display. Sales will not be possible, but you can include flyers with your book display.
From Economic Rationalism to Global Neoliberalism? A Workshop for Early-Career and Postgraduate Researchers, RMIT, Melbourne, Fri 2nd December, 2016
Hosted by The Australian Sociological Association’s (TASA) Sociology of Economic Life thematic group and Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT
CALL FOR PAPERS
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Michael Pusey’s seminal text of economic sociology, Economic Rationalism in Canberra. As a detailed analysis of top bureaucrats in Canberra who had adopted free market ideas and the transformation of public policymaking, Pusey’s book helped instigate a national conversation and publicised the concept of ‘economic rationalism’. It was ranked by TASA as one of the 10 most influential books in four decades of Australian sociology and described by The Age as a ‘celebrated analysis of how economic rationalism came to dominate policy making in Canberra’.
Today, the idea of ‘neoliberalism’ has entered into widespread use in the academy, society and social movements, evoking many of the free market, anti-statist notions critiqued in Pusey’s work. Despite short-lived claims that the 2008 global recession would bury neoliberalism, the politics of free markets and austerity seems as dominant as ever, in Australia and globally. Moreover, scholarship and debate about neoliberalism has exploded in the last quarter of a century. Studies have linked neoliberalism to numerous social, economic and political problems, from housing price speculation and the financialisation of everyday life to structural changes at work, including rising precarity and insecurity; from socioeconomic and spatial inequality to workfarism to the managerialist transformation of higher education. Alternatively, myriad scholars have tied neoliberal globalisation to the dispossession of land, livelihoods and autonomy across Asia or the developing world or to the transformation of states. In short, the basis for an ongoing dialogue, the likes of which was sparked by Pusey’s seminal work, is more vibrant than ever. In this context, this workshop offers a chance for emerging scholars undertaking cutting-edge studies of neoliberalism and economic rationalism—as it manifests in Australia and globally—to present their research at a day-long event in Melbourne. Held the day after TASA’s annual conference in Melbourne, this workshop will offer Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and Early-Career Researchers (i.e., within five years of their PhD award) the chance to present their research in a supportive environment of peer-to-peer discussion and mentorship from leading scholars, including Michael Pusey. We invite abstracts of 100-150 words and a brief (i.e., 50 words or less) biographical note, which should include reference to your HDR/ECR status. Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to submit full papers of between 4000-7000 words (double-spaced) including tables, notes and references. We welcome research that focuses on any aspect of neoliberalism or economic rationalism within sociology as well as cognizant disciplines such as political science, political economy, geography, etc. Accepted papers will receive critical feedback by a senior scholar (who will also act as discussant) and at least one ECR/HDR peer at the workshop. Authors of accepted papers are expected to make a brief presentation of their paper at the workshop, alongside their discussant who will offer constructive criticism and support. We plan to submit selected papers as a special section for the Journal of Sociology or a similar journal in the field (where they would be subject to the normal refereeing process). Please note that, as we cannot offer financial subsidies for participants, we particularly encourage those presenting papers at the 2016 TASA conference to submit papers for this workshop. (Note that TASA conference abstracts are due by 17th June, 2016 – for details, visit https://conference.tasa.org.au/ Authors of accepted papers will be expected to be available for the full day of the workshop. We welcome papers exploring the following, and other, topics and questions related to the theme of the workshop:
- What is the nature of economic rationalism and neoliberalism today, in Australia or elsewhere?
- Are economic rationalism and neoliberalism alive or dead?
- Are economic rationalism and neoliberalism the same thing?
- Should we understand contemporary economic policy making as a form of zombie economics?
- Is the term ‘neoliberalism’ useful?
- Is there a distinctively Australian variety of neoliberalism?
- How has the nature of the market, individuals, and society changed since the late 1970s?
- Do economies, markets and money offer the only reliable means of setting values?
- What are the implications of relying on markets and money to measure values?
- What happens to values when they are translated into a form that is legible to markets?
- Have economic reformers left citizens at the mercy of vested interests?
- Have economic rationalism and neoliberalism been successful? In what ways?
- Is it correct to argue that neoliberal economic reform represents a political project that shifts income and power to corporations and elites?
Please submit abstracts, following the specifications above, to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (co-conveners of Sociology of Economic Life thematic group, TASA) no later than Mon 27th June, 2016. (Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to submit full papers for peer review within approx. 2-3 months of notified acceptance.) If you have questions, feel free to contact us.
The 2016 LOC will host the three plenaries listed below. Cities and successful societies: Insights from Australia and the region, Wed 30 November 5-6:30pm in Cathedral Hall, ACU, 20 Brunswick St, FitzroySpeakers
- Prof John Daley, CEO, Grattan Institute
- Prof Brendan Gleeson, FASSA, Director, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne
- Dr Yamini Narayanan, ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University
- Mr John Watson, Cities and Policy Editor, The Conversation
- Dr Sally Weller, Visiting Professor, Institute for Religion, Politics & Society, Australian Catholic University
- Lisa Heap, Adjunct Professor, Institute for Religion, Politics and Society, Australian Catholic University; Lead Women’s Organizer, Victorian Trades Hall Council
Plenary session description: This roundtable discussion will focus on the theme for this year’s TASA conference: ‘Cities and successful societies’. What makes an urban society successful? What is the relationship between ‘success’ and the security, work and mobility of a city’s residents? How important is inequality and social cohesion within the urban space? What is the relevance of Melbourne, often cited as the ‘world’s most livable city’, to this discussion? What do ‘livable’ cities have that others lack and what problems might these popular or conventional measures conceal, including access to affordable housing or work/life balance? What, if anything, can large cities learn from regional cities, and vice versa? What can we learn from cities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region? Our five guest speakers each bring different perspectives to this dialogue. Each speaker will pose arguments about what makes a society successful and whether our cities are helping or hindering this pursuit. Piercing the Veil of Asylum Seeker Policy and Practice: What Can Academics Do? Mr Kon Karapanagiotidis (ASRC), Professor Michelle Foster (Melbourne), Ms Mariam Issa (RAW), and Dr Deborah Wainer (Sydney) Thursday 1 December 2016 10:30am – 12pm Cathedral Hall Australia is a nation that prides itself on its contribution as an international citizen and as a ‘successful society’. Yet in the past two decades, as a nation we have embraced measures to detain asylum seekers in conditions that have been widely condemned by the international community as inhumane. For those detained, the wait can be agonizing and conditions unbearable, yet in main street Australia, life goes on unabated. The decision making apparatus and the implementation of these policies is largely out of the public eye in the offices of the government bureaucracy and corporations that rush to fill lucrative tenders. The policies are carried out for the most part by public servants and business people bound by strict secrecy provisions that have now found their way into legislation. Is this the banality of evil of which Arendt wrote? How can scholars shine a light on this issue in any substantive depth? This panel draws together four diverse and key voices to explore how scholars can pierce the government and corporate veil on asylum seeker policy and human rights abuse, with particular emphasis upon off shore detention. John Western Memorial Plenary Religion, Cities, Secularism, and Violence Professor Bryan S. Turner (ACU), Professor Marion Maddox (Macquarie), Professor Gary Bouma (Monash), and Professor Lori Beaman (Ottawa) Tuesday 29 November 2016 10:30am – 12pm Cathedral Hall We live in an era of significant flux. The re-emergence of religion into the public sphere and as a site of political contestation, particularly in Western secular societies has dominated political discourse, particularly in Europe. Religiously motivated terrorism in western cities has been central to a polarisation of governmental and civil society approaches to dealing with diversity. At the extreme end of this we have seen the emergence of the ‘new populism’ grounded in narratives of past greatness, from Trump to the Brexit and re-emergence of Pauline Hanson in Australia. What is the role of religion in this and how might we understand these contemporary challenges through the lens of the sociology of religion? What can it tell us about cities, secularism and violence and how we might move forward? This panel draws together leading sociologists of religion to discuss the relationship between religion, cities, secularism and violence in both Australia, and more broadly, the Western context.
Places of Interest
Places of Interest
- Parliament of Victoria
- Melbourne Museum
- State Library of Victoria
- Immigration Museum
- National Gallery of Victoria
- City Gallery
- Australian Centre for the Moving Image
- Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Eureka Skydeck
- Old Melbourne Gaol
- Shrine of Remembrance
- Queen Victoria Market
Melbourne City Tours
We invite sociologists to contribute to a display of visual sociology. Visual sociology could include photography, drawing, mapping exercises, poster, or other visual data. Images and accompanying captions will be displayed in the meal area of the conference. The purpose of the exhibition is to offer a stage for researchers to visually represent their work. Specifically, we hope to enhance the discussion of the conference theme, Cities and Successful Societies, with images that capture? If you are interested in submitting work to this exhibition, please submit an Expression of Interest by 31 August. Your EoI should include your name, contact information, and abstract of the overall display, and one or two sample images with captions. Each successful visual display will be allocated space on grey Velcro display boards (1.8m high x 1.2m wide). Please indicate if you will need part of one board, a full board, or more than one board. Note that we cannot necessarily accommodate requests for multiple display boards, depending on the level of interest in this exhibition. Successful applicants will be responsible for providing hard copies of images and captions (templates will be provided for captions to ensure consistency), and installation on Monday, 28 November before 4pm. Exhibition participants will also be invited to participate in a Roundtable Discussion on Visual Sociology on the final day of the conference (1 December). The discussion will be chaired by Dr Haydn Aarons from ACU. Participation in the exhibition and the Roundtable Discussion are separate from the normal abstract submission process, and applicants are also encouraged to submit an abstract to the relevant thematic group.
You can choose to submit to any of the 28 different thematic groups listed below. If you feel your submission does not fall into any of these groups, there is an ‘other’ that you can select. More submission information is available here.
|Abstract submission||March 15||Closed June 17|
|Paper submission (Postgraduate refereed)||March 15||Closed June 17|
|Notification of acceptance of Abstracts/Papers||Closed August 26|
|Deadline for Resubmission of Revised Papers||Closed Sep. 9|
|Early Bird registration||Closed Oct. 2nd|
|Registration (non early bird/no discount)||Oct. 3||Nov. 28|
|Registration for inclusion in the conference programme||Oct. 16|
*All cancellations must be in writing (email accepted). The full amount minus a $100 administrative fee will be refunded until November 1; a $250 fee (administration and any prepaid catering) will be refunded up until the week before the conference; no refund will be given from a week before the conference (although a substitute attendee will be permitted at any time).
Donate here A list of donors is located at the bottom of this page. The TASA Postgraduate Conference Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 with funds donated by the former Australian Association of Social Research Inc. (AASR). The scholarships aim to support postgraduate participation at TASA annual conferences. Donations to the Postgraduate Conference Scholarship assist TASA in continuing to offer this scholarship opportunity to members. The TASA conference is a highlight of the year for many of us, and has a key role in building our identities and opportunities as Australian sociologists. However, as university budgets tighten, many postgraduate students are not funded to attend and cannot otherwise afford to do so. So, the broader community of sociologists misses out on learning about innovative research that will shape the field into the future. TASA’s Executive is committed to assisting postgraduate students to be active members of the Australian sociological community. We can do this by contributing to their conference registration at the 2016 TASA conference in Melbourne, and we ask for your financial support to help us do so. Donations will be reserved for the postgraduate scholarships, which will cover conference registration and a contribution to travel expenses. You can donate from $5 upwards. $300 will buy one conference registration that will be named after you and/or your affiliation. Please email Sally in the TASA Office if you would like your donation to be anonymous. We hope to fund at least 10 registrations, so look to raise $3000. Any help you can give, however small, will pay rich dividends now and into the future of Australian sociology. Thank you!
- Jenny Chesters
- Brady Robards
- Theresa Petray
- Mark Bahnisch
- Dan Woodman
- Peta Cook
- Elizabeth Humphrys
- Jane Daly
Professor Michèle Lamont, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and President-Elect of the American Sociological Association. She is also the Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and the Co-Director of the Successful Societies program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. A cultural sociologist, Lamont is the coauthor of Getting Respect: Dealing with Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel (to be published in 2016 by Princeton University Press). Keynote topic: Broadening Social Resilience and Inclusion in Successful Societies Professor Bryan Turner is the director of the Institute of Religion, Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University and the City University of New York Graduate Center’s Committee for the Study of Religion. He is one of the world’s leading sociologists of religion; he has also devoted attention to sociological theory, the study of human rights, and the sociology of the body. He has written, coauthored, or edited more than seventy books and more than two hundred articles and chapters, including most recently The Religious and the Political: A Comparative Sociology of Religion (2013) and Religion and Modern Society: Citizenship, Secularisation and the State (2011), both published by Cambridge University Press. Keynote topic: Outline of a Critique of Happiness Sujatha Fernandes is a Professor of Political Economy and Sociology at the University of Sydney. She taught for over a decade at the City University of New York, and prior to that she was a Wilson-Cotsen Fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University. Her research combines social theory and political economy with in-depth, engaged ethnography of global social movements. She is the author of three books: Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures (Duke, 2006), Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez’s Venezuela (Duke, 2010), and Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation (Verso, 2011). Her latest book entitled, Curated Stories: How Storytelling is Hindering Social Change, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2017. Keynote topic: The Cuban Favela: Urban Slums in a Classless Society
Becoming a Sociology Practitioner – Monday November 28
The postgraduate day features a line-up of both early career and established scholars keen to work with HDRs to develop their intellectual capacity and answer questions about the future of the discipline.
|8:45am||Welcome and Introduction to the Day||Christina Malatzky and the postgraduate sub-committee|
Making the most of your conference: networking, participating and socialising
|Presenters: Mr Luke Gahan and Dr Brady Robards|
|10:15am||Morning tea (provided)|
|10:30am||Work/life balance in academia: honest conversations||Presenters: Dr Christy Newman and Associate Professor Deb King|
*Lunch (provided) with The Australian Sociological Association’s Executive Committee and the presentation of conference scholarships
Mentoring from senior sociologists: Hearing the experiences and asking questions of leading Australian Sociologists
(small group, facilitated discussions)
|Presenters: A/Prof Katie Hughes, A/Prof Jo Lindsay, A/Prof Dan Woodman, Prof Karen Willis, Prof Janeen Baxter A/Prof , A/Prof Louise Keogh, A/Prof Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, Prof Gary Bouma, Adjunct Prof Yoland Wadsworth, Prof David McCallum, A/Prof Lynda Cheshire, Prof Robert van Krieken, and A/Prof Belinda Hewitt|
Taylor and Francis: getting published and having the maximum impact
|Presenter: Natalie Davall, Associate Publisher Routledge/Taylor & Francis Australasia|
Working outside of sociology departments
|Presenters: Professor Lisa Bourke and Dr Christina Malatzky|
Afternoon tea (provided)
|3:00pm||Special Open Session: Teaching Sociology workshop – demonstrations of best practice||Chaired by Dr Peta Cook and Dr Kirsten McLean|
3:00pm – Best Practice to Teaching and Learning: My approach (Prof James Arvanitakis, Western Sydney University) (35min presentation with demonstration, plus 10-15mins of Q&A)
3:50pm – Managing staff-student relationships (Dr Kirsten McLean, Monash University) (10min presentation, plus 10mins of Q&A with the panel (McLean, Arvanitakis, James, Cook)
4:10pm – Tutorial examples (Dr Peta Cook, University of Tasmania; Dr Sara James, LaTrobe University) (15 minutes, plus Q&A)
|4:30pm||Thanks and close||Christina Malatzky and the postgraduate sub-committee|
|*Lunch time session during conference: TASA Postgraduate Meeting; all members invited to meet with the outgoing and incoming Postgraduate Portfolio Leaders and the postgraduate sub-committee to discuss priorities for 2017|
|Early Bird – closed October 2nd||$590||$730|
|Standard – all presenters must be registered by October 16 to be included in the conference programme||$730||$880|
|Postgraduate student / retiree / low-income: This category is open to TASA members in the low-income category of membership, to those with valid student ID cards, or those with health care or pension cards.||$325||$375|
|Undergraduate / Honours students: Student card required||$250||$250|
|Day only – student / retiree / low-income||$125||$144|
*If you are a member of a sister sociological association, you are welcome to register for the same rate as TASA members. As a part of the online registration process, you will be asked to nominate the country where you are a member of a sociological association. Also, to ensure you receive the most member discount, you will need to select the ‘Member of a sociological association outside of Australia – Early Registration’ option before October 2nd. register here Please note that all presenters must be registered by October 16 to be included in the conference programme. Non TASA members can join TASA to get the cheaper member rate. Your membership would be active for 12 months from the date you join. Join TASA now to be eligible for the cheaper conference rates Visa information can be accessed via the Australian Government’s Visa and Border Protection webpages. All cancellations must be in writing (email accepted). The full amount minus a $100 administrative fee will be refunded until November 1; a $250 fee (administration and any prepaid catering) will be refunded up until the week before the conference; no refund will be given from a week before the conference (although a substitute attendee will be permitted at any time). register here