As the weather heats up, Australian households won’t just be cranking up the air conditioning for themselves. Some households will be turning it on for their dogs or cats.
Our research on energy demand and household cooling highlights a recent trend towards air-conditioning rooms or homes for pets. As well as cooling homes occupied by both humans and their furry friends, air conditioners may be left on when dogs or cats are home alone.
Some pet owners also leave doors and windows open for their dogs and cats to move between indoor and outdoor areas. This means that air conditioners have to work harder and use more energy to maintain indoor temperatures.
Our research is consistent with an emerging international trend towards the “humanisation of pets”, which is contributing to energy use in households. Read more…
The World Wealth and Income Database (WID.world) has launched a new website and database to track global inequality trends. WID.world allows the general public, the media, researchers, social, business and political communities to follow the evolution of income and wealth inequality in their own country and throughout the world on interactive online tools. The full press release can be accessed here.
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. Below is a list of Deborah’s top tips for revising journal articles, which were originally published on her blog. Read more…
The new SAGE Journals platform is now live. To celebrate the new platform and ensure they provide uninterrupted access to all users, Sage journals, in all disciplines, can be accessed free until the end of January.
The following document was put together by a team of TASA members. Namely, Kristin Natalier, Erika Altman, Mark Bahnisch, Tom Barnes, Suzanne Egan, Christine Malatzky, Christian Mauri & Dan Woodman
Introduction and aims of the document
In December 2015, the TASA Executive approved the establishment of a Working Group to identify the key challenges facing contingent academic staff, and recommend practices that might mitigate those challenges. This working document sets out the key challenges facing contingent academics, and a suite of practices that can be implemented by individuals to address them. They are not substitutes for broader change. Both TASA and the Working Group recognise the structural, institutional and ideological logics that have driven the higher education sector’s reliance on contingent academic labour, and argue that these dynamics must be addressed as matters of social justice and the long term flourishing of sociology within and beyond higher education. Read more…
It’s a year today since David Bowie died. His death-day (January 10) and his birthday (he would have been 70 on January 8) are being marked by both small-scale local tributes in tiny venues and high-profile concerts in cities such as London, New York and Los Angeles.
Sydney, where Bowie spent a lot of time during the 1980s and 1990s, will host its tribute concert on January 29 at the Opera House. It will feature local musicians including Sarah Blasko and Bernard Fanning and international artists such as Earl Slick and Adrian Belew who worked with Bowie.
Throughout the year, there have been hundreds of obituaries and articles discussing Bowie’s life and work, as well as a myriad of performances covering his music; graffiti tributes and other artistic homages. Bowie even made it into the Sydney new year fireworks display. Fans have also paid tribute with cold hard cash. Bowie’s last album Blackstar was one of the biggest selling albums worldwide in 2016, and best-of compilations of his work featured strongly in end-of-year charts (especially on vinyl). Read more…
TASA member (& Nexus editor) Alexia Maddox & Greg Adamson and Supriya Singh are conducting a social study of the use of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. More about the study can be viewed below and via their project webpage here.
What makes a successful city? What makes them liveable? These days, most of us live in cities but how can we make them better? Michael Pavlich is joined by TASA president Dan Woodman, Senior Lecturer for Sociology at the University of Melbourne, to discuss infrastructure, road traffic, public transport, rising real estate prices and other issues faced by city dwellers.
This podcast was recorded and published by ABC Overnights.
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. Below is a list of Deborah’s 2016 publications originally listed on her blog here.
Lupton, D. (2016) The Quantified Self: A Sociology of Self-Tracking. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Edited special issues
Cox, J.L. & Possamai, A. (Eds.), Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples, Routledge.
McHugh, T. (2013). Faces Inside and Outside the Clinic: A Foucauldian Perspective on Cosmetic Facial Modification, Routledge.
Hassan, R. (2016). Indian Muslims: Struggling for Quality of Citizenship. Melbourne University Press.
Glover, A. (2016). Handling Things at Home: A Practice-Based Approach to Divestment. In G. Spaargaren, D. Weenink, & M. Lamers (Eds.), Practice Theory and Research: Exploring the dynamics of social life (p. 246). London: Routledge.
Robards, B. & Buttigieg, B. (2016) ‘Marriage Equality, Facebook Profile Pictures, and Civic Participation’, in E Gordon & P Milhailidis (eds) Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice, MIT Press:
Belinda Hewitt & colleagues: Removal of ‘double dipping’ from parental leave may impact mothers’ health, The Conversation.
Matthew Wade: Fertility Clinics Still a Battleground for Queer People, Star Observer
Mark Chou & colleagues: President Trump will change the United States and the world, but just how remains to be seen, The Conversation
Andrew Jakubowicz: European leaders taking cues from Australia on asylum seeker policies, The Conversation
Yarrow Andrew: The Pronoun Dilemma
Michèle Lamont & colleagues: Reaffirming our core values post-election
James Arvanitakis: Meaning and Anxiety: a reflection of Lee Hong’s work
Andrew Glover: Recruiting research participants using Twitter, The Research Whisper
Deborah Lupton: 3D printing technologies: social perspectives
Andrew Jakubowicz: European leaders taking cues from Australia on asylum seeker policies
James Arvanitakis: The contribution of Indonesian Islam to Western Civilisation