“Australian values” have been in the news this week, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiling changes to citizenship requirements and migrant visas. But what are Australian values? And could one of these values be kindness? Melanie Tait chats with TASA member and cultural sociologist Dr Nicholas Hookway from the University of Tasmania about his research suggesting that kindness is on the rise.
TASA member Alan Scott, is the Continuing Education Officer for the Applied Sociology thematic group. Each month, Alan writes about a topic that has caught his eye. This month’s topic is about spreading the word of sociology.
On the ABC”s AM program Dr John Hewson said: ”Politicians are getting away with flagrant dishonesty as a shift from fact to opinion colours the political debate around climate change. There’s a lack of evidence in public debate. Politicians either ignore climate change or attempt to use the issue to score points, and Australia has reached a point where facts are of lesser value than opinions. I think science is probably more useful and more relevant to society today than it’s ever been. But there’s been a widening gap between science and the public.” Read more…
Dempsey, D. and Kelly, F. (2017) Transnational third-party assisted conception: pursuing the desire for ‘origins’ information in the internet era, in Davies, M. (ed.) Babies for Sale?: Transnational Surrogacy, Human Rights and the Politics of Reproduction, Zed Books, London.
Petersen, A., Munsie, M., Tanner, C., MacGregor, C., Brophy, J. (2017) Stem Cell Tourism and the Political Economy of Hope. Palgrave.
Kim McLeod (2017) Wellbeing Machine: How Health Emerges from the Assemblages of Everyday Life, Carolina Academic Press
Stahl, G., (2017) ‘Pathologizing the white unteachable: South London’s working-class boys’ experiences with schooling and discipline’. In Okilwa, N., Khalifa, M., Briscoe, F. (Ed.), The School to Prison Pipeline. Emerald, London.
Cashmore, J & Horsfall B (2016) ‘Child Maltreatment’ in L. Young, M.A. Kenny and G. Monahan, Children and the Law in Australia (2nd ed.), Chatswood: LexisNexus Butterworths.
Horsfall, B. and Dempsey, D. (2017) ‘Grandfathers in Australia: The gendered division of grandparent care’ in Ann Buchanan and Anna Rotkirch (eds.), Grandfathers: Global Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, London.
Minorities and Media: Producers, Industries, Audiences.
Editors: Budarick, John, Han, Gil-Soo (Eds.) 2017: Palgrave Macmillan.
MacDonald, F. (2016) Childhood and Tween Girl Culture: Family, Media and Locality, London: Palgrave MacMillan.
McLeod K, Guillemin M, ‘The Impact of Photographs on the Researcher: An Ethical Matter for Visual Research’, Ethics and Visual Research Methods: Theory, Methodology, and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan US, D Warr, M Guillemin, S Cox and J Waycott (ed), United States, pp. 89-100. ISBN 978-1-137-54854-2
Ingrid Muenstermann (Ed.) (February 2017) People’s Movements in the 21st Century – Risks, Challenges and Benefits. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech Open Science / Open Mind.
Print ISBN 978-51-2923-3, Online 978-953-51-2924-0
Fair, C., Albright, J.A. and Newman, C.E. (2017) Psychosocial Considerations for Children and Adolescents with HIV. Chenneville, T. (Ed), A Clinical Guide to Pediatric HIV: Bridging the Gaps between Research and Practice, Dordrecht: Springer, pp 73-94.
Botfield, J.R., Zwi, A.B. & Newman, C.E. (2016). Young migrants and sexual and reproductive health care. Thomas, F. (Ed), Handbook of Migration and Health. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp 438-458.
Newman, C., Persson, A. & Ellard, J. (2016) Pills, providers and partners: Exploring trust among serodiscordant couples in Australia. In Persson, A. and Hughes, S. (Eds.) Cross-cultural perspectives on couples with mixed HIV status: Beyond positive/negative. Dordrecht: Springer, pp 265-276.
Persson, A., Newman, C.E., & Miller, A. (2016) “There’s more to you than just this virus”: Young people growing up with perinatally acquired HIV in Australia. In Liamputtong, P. (Ed.) Children, Young People and HIV/AIDS: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Dordrecht: Springer, pp: 107-124.
Elizabeth Humphrys and Jackie Lynch: Wen you laugh togetha
Yolande Strengers & Cecily Maller: Writing retreats: Academic indulgence or scholarly necessity? The Research Whisper
Deborah Lupton: Feeling data – the role of touch in data sense
James Arvanitakis : How to survive a PhD: 22 tips from Dean of Grad Studies
Alan Scott: Dominant Theories
Peter Robinson: The Wire, Adelaide: ‘Evolution of gay words‘, 1 March 2017:
Peter Robinson: 2SER, Sydney: ‘The importance of language‘, 3 March 2017:
Meredith Nash: Shapes of motherhood: female body image before and after pregnancy, ABC RN Life Matters
Kate Fitz-Gibbon, JaneMaree Maher, Jude McCulloch & Sandra Walklate: Victoria leads the way on family violence, but Canberra needs to lift its game, The Conversation
Paul Henman: After the robo-debt debacle, here’s how Centrelink can win back Australians’ trust, The Conversation
Cathering Strong & Emma Rush: How do you remember a rock god? The complicated legacy of Chuck Berry, The Conversation
Nick Osbaldiston: Contested spaces: conflict behind the sand dunes takes a new turn, The Conversation
Glenda Ballantyne & Amrita Malhi: Interculturalism: how diverse societies can do better than passive tolerance, The Conversation
Andrew Jakubowicz: The government’s multicultural statement is bereft of new ideas or policies – why?The Conversation
Nicholas Hookway: Ghosting: the creepy modern phenomenon ending friendships, The New Daily
Eduardo de la Fuente: Brutalism, a campus love story – or how I learned to love concrete, The Conversation
Peter Robinson: Peter Robinson on Gay Men, Personal Histories and Old Age, LGBT History Month 2017
Michael Walsh & Edward de la Fuente: Contested spaces: you can’t stop the music – the sounds that divide shoppers, The Conversation
Louise Keogh: Why it might be time to reconsider the money spent on genetics research, The Conversation
Peter Robinson: Faggots, punks, and prostitutes: the evolving language of gay men, The Conversation
Riaz Hassan: Australians aren’t as Islamophobic as we’re led to believe, The Conversation
Petra Bueskens: Australia Needs A Universal Basic Income, And We Should Start With Mothers, Huffington Post
Malatzky, C. (2017). Australian women’s complex engagement with the yummy mummy discourse and the bodily ideals of good motherhood. Women’s Studies International Forum, 62, 25-33. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.
Meredith Nash, ‘It’s just good to get a bit of man-talk out in the open’: Men’s experiences of father-only antenatal preparation classes in Tasmania, Australia’, Psychology of Men & Masculinity
March edition (Volume 53, Issue 1) of the Journal of Sociology is now available. Articles by TASA members include:
Taghreed Jamal Al-deen, Joel Windle: ‘I feel sometimes I am a bad mother’: The affective dimension of immigrant mothers’ involvement in their children’s schooling
Alex Broom, Jennifer Broom: Fear, duty and the moralities of care: The Ebola 2014 threat
Duncan Law, Nicole Pepperell: Sociology and the mirror of nature: Robert Brandom and the strong programme
Clancey, Garner, Kent, Jennifer, Lyons, Adam and Westcott, Harriet (2017) Crime and crime prevention in an Australian growth centre, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 19(1): 17-30.
Kelly, F. and Dempsey, D. (2016b) ‘Experiences and motives of Australian Single Mothers by choice who make early contact with their child’s donor relatives’, Medical Law Review
Kelly, F. and Dempsey, D. (2016a) ‘The family law implications of early contact between sperm donors and their donor offspring’, Family Matters, No. 98, pp. 54-63.
Mara A. Yerkes, Bill Martin, Janeen Baxter, Judy Rose (2017) An unsettled bargain? Mothers’ perceptions of justice and fairness in paid work, Journal of Sociology
Shinya Uekusa and Steve Matthewman (2017) ‘Vulnerable and resilient? Immigrants and refugees in the 2010–2011 Canterbury and Tohoku disasters’, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction,
Noh, J-E. (2017). NGOs’ roles in building CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) discourse around human rights in developing countries. Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, 9(1): 1-19.
Lynne Staff and Meredith Nash, Brain death during pregnancy and prolonged corporeal support of the body: A critical discussion, Women and Birth
Stahl, G. (2017) ‘Narratives in Reconstituting, Reaffirming and (Re)traditionalizing Identities: Othering the Non-Normative’ Men and Masculinities. Vol 20, Issue 3 283-300.
Scott Fitzpatrick, David Perkins, Teresa Luland, Dale Brown & Eamonn Corvan (2017). The effect of context in rural mental health care: Understanding integrated services in a small town. Health & Place, 45, 70-76.
Mallman, Mark & Helen Lee (2017) ‘Isolated learners: young mature-age students, university culture, and desire for academic sociality’,International Journal of Lifelong Education. Published online first 13 March 2017, pp. 1-14.
Haarsager, Jennie, Rathika Krishnasamy, and Nicholas A. Gray. “Impact of pay‐for‐performance on access at first dialysis in Queensland.” Nephrology (2017)
Jack Barbalet. 2017. ‘Guanxi as Social Exchange: Emotions, Power and Corruption’. Sociology.
Jack Barbalet. 2017. ‘Dyadic Characteristics of Guanxi and their Consequences’. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.
Clark, E. Lessons from the past: Family involvement in patient admission and discharge, Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, 1900-1912. Published on line 23 February 2017. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.
Anthony Lyons, Wendy Heywood, Bianca Fileborn, Victor Minichiello, Catherine Barrett, Graham Brown, Sharron Hinchliff, Sue Malta & Pauline Crameri (2017) The Sex, Age, and Me study: recruitment and sampling for a large mixed-methods study of sexual health and relationships in an older Australian population. Culture, Health & Sexuality DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2017.1288268 Link to full text (50 free e-prints, click this link: http://www.tandfonline.
Bianca Fileborn, Graham Brown, Anthony Lyons, Sharron Hinchliff, Wendy Heywood, Victor Minichiello, Sue Malta, Catherine Barrett & Pauline Crameri (2017) Safer Sex in Later Life: Qualitative Interviews With Older Australians on Their Understandings and Practices of Safer Sex. The Journal of Sex Research, DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2017.1280121
Wendy Heywood, Anthony Lyons, Bianca Fileborn, Victor Minichiello,Catherine Barrett, Graham Brown, Sharron Hinchliff, Sue Malta & Pauline Crameri (2016) Self-reported testing and treatment histories among older Australian men and women who may be at risk of a sexually transmissible infection. Sexual Health
Celal Bayari. Economic Geography of the Australian Mining Industry. Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie. 2016. ISSN: 1467-9663. Word count: 8,750.
Celal Bayari. Chinese Economy and Central Asia. Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review. 11(3): 1-14. 2015. December. ISSN 1813-0534. Word count: 8,999.
Noh, J-E. (2017). Contextualisation of human rights discourse by NGO workers in the context of Bangladesh. Journal of International Development. (DOI: 10.1002/
Xiaoying Qi. (2017) ‘Neo-traditional Child Surnaming in Contemporary China: Women’s Rights as Veiled Patriarchy’. Sociology. First online DOI: 10.1177/0038038516688613.
Alston, Margaret, Clarke, Josephine & Whittenbury, Kerri 2017, ‘Gender relations, livelihood strategies, water policies and structural adjustment in the Australian dairy industry’, Sociologia Ruralis, doi: 10.1111/soru.
Stephenson N, McLeod K, Mills C, ‘Ambiguous encounters, uncertain foetuses: Women’s experiences of obstetric ultrasound’, Feminist Review, 113 pp. 17-33. ISSN 0141-7789
Stephenson N, Mills C, McLeod K, ‘Simply providing information’: Negotiating the ethical dilemmas of obstetric ultrasound, prenatal testing and selective termination of pregnancy‘, Feminism and Psychology pp. 1-20. ISSN 0959-3535
As the incoming Crime and Governance Convenor, I am delighted to announce a one-day symposium hosted by the Crime and Governance thematic group, in conjunction with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle (UoN). The symposium has received support from The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) to provide travel bursaries to postgraduates or casual and unwaged staff to attend the symposium.
The symposium will be held at the UoN Sydney campus (Elizabeth St, Sydney) on the 22nd September 2017. For further event details, please read on…
I encourage you to share the details of this event among your networks.
The Professor / Associate Professor of Social Science will have a strong research leadership role in the discipline of Social Work and Human Services and within the wider School of Public Health and Social Work, and will contribute to postgraduate and undergraduate supervision and teaching.
Position Title: Professor/Associate Professor in Social Science Vacancy Reference No: 17122 Closing Date: 30 April 2017 Organisational Area: School of Public Health and Social Work
Faculty of Health
Campus: Kelvin Grove Remuneration Level D (Associate Professor)
$AUD160,476 to $AUD176,807 pa (inclusive of $AUD135,504 to $AUD149,404 pa salary, 17.5% recreation leave loading and 17% superannuation);
Level E (Professor)
$AUD206,729 pa (inclusive of $AUD174,688 pa salary, 17.5% recreation leave loading and 17% superannuation)
Status: Ongoing, full-time Contact: Professor Hilary Bambrick
Head, School of Public Health and Social Work
+61 7 3138 3835
HR Contact: Amy Brutton
Senior HR Advisor
+61 7 3138 4167
Open to: Domestic and International applicants. Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.
When applying for this position you should upload the following:
- A current resume;
- A cover letter, which includes:
- A short statement outlining whether you are seeking to be appointed at Level D or Level E;
- A brief narrative (approximately half a page) describing your research and its real world significance and impact, including your agenda for future research. Why is this future direction exciting and important?
- A list of your research grants (including any consultancies) obtained in the last five years;
- A list of your publications in the last five years and associated Scopus quartile ranking, and with a short statement on the significance of each; and
- A list of your collaborations (including inter-disciplinary and international engagement).
TASA member Deborah Lupton is a Centenary Research Professor associated with the News & Media Research Centre in the Faculty of Arts & Design at Canberra University. Her research and teaching is multidisciplinary, incorporating sociology, media and communication and cultural studies. Deborah will be giving four talks in Europe in June this year. Here are the details and the links to the events.
- 31 May-2 June: Society Through the Lens of the Digital, Hanover, Germany (I am giving a lecture in the session on ‘Identity in Times of Algorithm – Quantified Self and Gamification’ on 1 June)
- 5 June: Critical Approaches to Digital Health and Leisure in Older Age, Bath, UK (I am giving a keynote)
- 6-7 June: 5th Annual Weight Stigma Conference, Prague, Czech Republic (I am giving a keynote on 6 June)
- 7-9 June: Metric Culture: the Quantified Self and Beyond, Aarhus, Denmark (I am giving a keynote on 7 June)
TASA member Alan Scott, is the Continuing Education Officer for the Applied Sociology thematic group. Each month, Alan writes about a topic that has caught his eye. This month’s topic is on believing in Sociology.
Earlier in the month, Melanie [Applied Sociology co-convener] drew our attention to the New York Times article: “What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?” So if we had as much influence, what would we do with it? Economics basically says that an interaction only has any merit when it has a monetary component. This means that the voluntary jobs that I work at have no real value. Yet the organisations are State, and Local government run, and the services that the volunteers run could not be run without them at great expence. Dr Lisel O’Dwyer, a Senior Research Associate in the University of Adelaide’s School of Social Sciences, has pointed out that there are more than 6.4 million people who volunteer their time in Australia, and in doing so contribute more than $200 billion a year to the national economy. This is more than the mining industry. However, not one dollar of this contribution is recorded on any balance sheet. Important as this study is, I have not seen or heard any discussion about its findings. Read more…
Professor Jeff Malpas, from the University of Tasmania, presented the first keynote talk at the recent Urban Sociology thematic group event. Jeff is one of a small number of philosophers whose work explicitly deals with explorations of philosophical concepts of place. He gave a thought-provoking exposition, drawing on a range of philosophic work to highlight the importance of place to identity and the ‘life of the mind’. You can access the audio of Jeff’s talk below: