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  • ‘Cultures of Authenticity’ Symposium

    Posted on April 15, 2015

    Claire Baker
    PhD candidate, University of New England

    ‘Authenticity’ is a central idea in late-modern culture. To interrogate its contemporary meanings and applications, the Cultural Sociology Thematic Group organised the Cultures of Authenticity symposium at Flinders University city campus in Adelaide on 28 November 2014. The symposium was organised by the group conveners Dr Nicholas Hookway (University of Tasmania) and Dr Sara James (La Trobe University) and supported by TASA thematic group funding. Lisa Farrance (Victoria University) and Ramon Menendez Domingo (La Trobe University) received postgraduate scholarships enabling them to present at the symposium. The symposium featured 14 presentations from a mix of early, mid and senior academics, including a keynote presentation by Professor John Carroll. The symposium resulted in a special issue of MC Journal, edited by Drs Hookway and James (published online 18 March 2015). Read more…

  • The Invisibility of Male Victims of Human Trafficking

    Posted on April 15, 2015

    Polina Smiragina, Postgraduate Researcher,
    The University of Sydney

    The human trafficking discourse has been on the human rights agenda for quite some time. This has culminated in progressive research that has initiated the development and implementation of policies, instruments and projects aimed at addressing the harms that accompany violations to individual rights. It has also led to the formation of mechanisms and institutions aimed at assisting the victims of human trafficking. The first and main universal instrument that attends to all aspects of trafficking in persons today is the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (The Trafficking Protocol). This was adopted on 15 November 2000 and came into force on 25 December 2003. The Trafficking Protocol was adopted with the aim to prevent trafficking, punish the traffickers and protect the trafficked. Even though the protocol was developed as a tool that ideally should prevent all possible forms of human trafficking and protect all possible victims, some sections of the protocol were designed in ways that contradict this assumption. Read more…

  • Cynical Sociology? No, Kynical Sociology!

    Posted on April 15, 2015

    David Inglis, University of Exeter

    It is often said that sociology is a cynical exercise. It looks at the world in a corrosive way. It reveals the nature of mystifications and things presented as real and apparently obdurate, which it shows to be in fact social constructions and ideological elaborations. It sees through appearances and reveals the bases of things in social relations and forms of power. What could be more cynical than that? Read more…

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  • The Anzacs and National Identity

    Posted on April 14, 2015

    The traditions associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers – Anzacs – comprise an important element of the Australian narrative. Our paper published by the Journal of Sociology examines the influence of Anzacs upon contemporary Australian identity.

    The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) volunteer – ‘citizen soldiers’ – at Gallipoli were later combined with New Zealand troops on the Western front to form the ‘Anzacs’. The meaning of this term has changed over time and is now used in popular parlance to refer to all First World War Australian soldiers, including those who served at Gallipoli. These undisciplined volunteers are reported to have defied military rules and undermined the authority of British officers yet risked life and limb in the service of the newly formed Federation, allegedly surviving due to their bush skills, daring and cunning. War correspondents and official historians later transformed these larrikin ‘bushmen’ into heroic pioneer-soldiers, in part contributing to the transformation of Anzac day from a military commemoration to a national holiday promoting ideals, social solidarity and national identity. Today the Anzacs are ‘remembered’ as brave and dutiful soldiers who fought for an independent Australia rather than irreverent larrikins who fought for King and Empire. Read more…

  • Rethinking Neoliberalism

    Posted on February 24, 2015

    In his article Rethinking neoliberalism Mitchell Dean states that “There are many key questions concerning the current status of the notion of neoliberalism”. You can listen to Mitchell discussing his article here.

  • Journal of Sociology 50th Anniversary E-Special

    Posted on February 3, 2015

    Edited by Alphia Possamai-Inesedy

    This E-Special is a celebration of both the Journal of Sociology and The Australian Sociological Association’s (TASA) 50th anniversary. This special issue provides the platform to examine the making of Australian sociology and the place of the Journal in the global sociological dialogue.  Access the E-Special here.

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  • Book Review Invitation – HSR

    Posted on April 11, 2015

    The Editors of Health Sociology Review invite reviews of the following books. Accepted reviews will be published in the journal and reviewers get to keep a copy of the book.  If you would like to enquire about reviewing a book please contact Dr Sarah MacLean on (03) 90353114, or

    Louise Warwick-Booth, Ruth Cross & Diane Lowcock 2012 Contemporary health studies: an introduction, Polity Press
    Lisa McDonald 2011. Figuring fertility: poetics in the cultural practices of reproductive science, Post Pressed.
    Francesco Duina 2014 Life transitions in America, Polity Press
    Kieran Keohane & Anders Petersen (Eds) 2013 The social pathologies of contemporary civilization, Ashgate.
    Megan-Jane Johnstone 2013 Alzheimer’s disease, media representations and the politics of euthanasia: constructing risk and selling death in an ageing society, Ashgate.
    Toni Schofield 2015 A sociological approach to health determinants, Cambridge University Press.

  • Health Sociology Review

    Posted on September 10, 2014

    The Health Sociology Review is one of two official, peer-reviewed academic journals of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).  The journal is published and owned by Taylor & Francis (print ISSN 1446-1242 and online ISSN 1839-3551).  A new editorial team was appointed in late 2014 for the period 2015 – 2018. Joint Editors in Chief, Dr Joanne Bryant and Dr Christy Newman, both from the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales, will begin contributing to this blog page soon. Back issues of the journal can be viewed in the Health Sociology Review archives.

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