Deborah Lupton, a Centenary Research Professor at the University of Canberra
Like many other forms of digital data, self-tracking data have a vitality and social life of their own, circulating across and between a multitude of sites. In a context in which digital data are culturally represented as liquid entities that require management and containment, part of the project of managing the contemporary body is that of containment of the data that one’s body produces. As discursive representations of self-tracking and the quantified self frequently contend, personal data are profligate: it is only right that one should seek first, to collect these data, and second, to manage and discipline the data by aggregating them, representing them visually, and making sense of them. Read more…
A new agreement in South Australia has opened the door for the reduction and even removal of penalty rates in the retail sector.
Heralded on the front page of The Australian newspaper as “historic”, the deal is being viewed as a potential game changer in what industry groups like Restaurant & Catering Australia (RCA) see as employers’ “historic fight” against penalty rates.
The new template enterprise agreement struck between Business SA and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) allows for substantial cuts to penalty rates in return for an increase in base pay and new rights to refuse shifts. Read more…
All Australian residents have access to Medicare, so why do half the population also decide to take out private health insurance? And what do they get out of it?
The biggest users of private health insurance hospital benefits are 60- to 79-year-olds. Women in their 20s and 30s also have a higher claim rate for maternity care.
In line with our personal vision to highlight the diversity of sociological endeavour in Australia, in this edition of Nexus we again seek to provide a glimpse into the array of research issues and researchers that TASA members are engaging with as this, the 21st century, gathers momentum.
You can access the March issue of Nexus here.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Gerard Delanty was awarded the JoS Best Paper Award in 2014 for his article The prospects of cosmopolitanism and the possibility of global justice. You can listen to Gerard’s podcast about his article by clicking on the play arrow icon below:
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.