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  • Changing representations of self-tracking

    Posted on March 6, 2015

    By Deborah Lupton

    I recently completed a chapter for a book on lifelogging that discussed the concepts and uses of data as they are expressed in representations of self-tracking (see here for the full paper, available open access). In part of the chapter I looked at the ways in which people writing about the quantified self and other interpretations of self-tracking represent data and data practices, including in articles published in Wired magazine and other media outlets and blogs. Read more…

  • The real message of the Intergenerational Report should be: we won’t be worse off

    Posted on March 6, 2015

    By Ben Spies-Butcher

    Today treasurer Joe Hockey will release the fourth Intergenerational Report. Like its predecessors, the government is likely to use the IGR to frame its economic and budget message. What past experience tells us is that behind the messaging, the numbers tell a consistent, and surprisingly optimistic, story. Whatever today’s headlines, remember to look at the numbers and ask one important question – will future generations be richer or poorer on average than today? Read more…

  • Women’s personal experiences of violence should indeed incite Fury

    Posted on February 18, 2015

    By Anastasia Powell, RMIT University

    Women sharing their accounts of violence against them, and its aftermath, can be powerful. Feminism has long since taught us that personal experiences of violence, when shared collectively, can transcend the level of individual harms and form the basis for understanding the political significance of these accounts.

    And, according to 16 “feisty and bold” women – in the book Fury: Women Write About Sex, Power and Violence (2015), edited by Samantha Trenoweth – we need fury. But more than mere rage, Trenoweth invokes the mythical furies of Greek mythology, to suggest that we need “avengers of murder, dispensers of justice” to challenge men’s violence against women. Read more…

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  • Unintended Consequences

    Posted on February 3, 2015

    Raewyn Connell

    Meeting Sociology

    I can’t recall when I first heard the word ‘sociology’ but I remember how I first met a sociologist. I believe it was in winter 1964, though it might have been 1965. I was an honours History student at Melbourne, in the days when pass and honours students were segregated from First Year on. There were hardly any graduate students, so the honours undergraduates ran the Historical Society. Read more…

  • The Future Workforce of Australian Social Science: Two-day Workshop

    Posted on October 27, 2014

    Nexus 26:3 published November 14, 2014

    Karen Soldatic, Director of Teaching, Centre for Social Impact, UNSW TASA Post Grad Representative (2013-2014)

    On Thursday 24 and Friday 25 July, TASA hosted a two-day national workshop to give air to critical issues emerging for the social sciences and the impact these are having, and will have, for the future reproduction of the Australia social science workforce. These included government funding for the social sciences, the social evaluation and acceptance of the importance of the social sciences and, the vital work of social scientists outside of academe.

    The impetus was driven by TASA’s Post Graduate (PG) and Early Career Research (ECR) membership who are increasingly facing an uncertain future both inside and outside the academy with structural changes occurring to their training, development and employment. Over the last two to three years, TASA PGs and ECRs have directed their concerns towards TASA as their professional representative body, and in turn, TASA responded with a broad collaborative approach, to draw in some of the central institutions that can best respond.

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  • Introductory Presentation to the Social Science Workshop: Intellectual workforce and social science

    Posted on October 27, 2014

    Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney

    Social scientists are part of a distinctive workforce. We are knowledge workers, intellectually-trained workers, part of a significant sector of contemporary economies – about which there has been a great deal of debate.

    To summarize drastically, the sociology of intellectuals has documented the class position, the institutional life, and the everyday labour process of knowledge workers in some detail. There is little doubt that economies in all parts of the world now depend extensively on organized knowledge, and that the workforce that produces, conveys and applies it has grown massively and continued to change.

    But our theorists remain in conflict about the historical significance of this workforce. Are we the ‘creative class’, the cultural core on whom the future of civilization depends? Are we a ‘new class’, a knowledge-based elite, who operate mechanisms of social exclusion and have come to hold power in our own interest? Are we the voice of critique, eternal outsiders, those who speak truth to power, and who (with luck) might rescue human life from catastrophe? Or are we basically a new kind of technician, a necessary cog in the machinery of modern production and domination, part of the problem rather than part of the solution?

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  • 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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