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  • Outstanding Service to TASA Award

    Posted on March 25, 2017

    This honour is accorded to a TASA member who has demonstrated an outstanding level of participation in and promotion of TASA over a number of years. There are many ways in which this can occur, but in all cases the quality of the service is the determining criterion, rather than the quantity alone.


    No more than three members will be added to the Outstanding Service Roll in any one calendar year.

    It is not necessary to add members to the Roll every year, and it is to be expected that there will be years when there are no suitable nominations.

    Members who are added to the Outstanding Service Roll will receive a certificate, a formal letter of appreciation and a trophy.  Recipients will be invited to write an opinion piece about some aspect of their work for publication in Nexus, TASA Blog, Journal of Sociology or Health Sociology Review, or any other publication TASA may sponsor at the time of the Award. A list of Award winners will be maintained on the TASA web site.

    The Executive will call for nominations each year, with nominations closing on 31 May. Certificates will be presented at the TASA conference in the year the Award is made. This time schedule may be altered in any year at the discretion of the Executive. Recipients shall be offered the same assistance as other TASA prize winners to enable them to attend the presentation. The complimentary conference registration and dinner is not transferable (ie. only valid in the year of the Award).

    The written nomination must be signed by two TASA members. Nominations must show how the nominee meets the selection criteria outlined above and must be accompanied by a focussed curriculum vitae of the nominee. Nominees must be TASA members.

    Nominations will be considered by the Executive as a whole. At its discretion the Executive may assign this task to a sub-committee chaired by the President or Vice-President, with the decision to be ratified by the whole Executive. Any nominees who are currently serving as Executive members must exclude themselves from the decision-making process.

    The processes for the Outstanding Service to TASA Award will be covered by the TASA grievance procedures. Apart from this, the Executive’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

    Nominations for this Award close on May 31. Please see the Outstanding Service to TASA Award TASAweb page here

  • The literature on retirement and ageing and its historical perspective

    Posted on March 24, 2017

    TASA member Alan Scott shares below a paper he wrote about retirement and ageing:


    This paper identifies the increasing scope and complexity of the literature on retirement and ageing and provides a review of the historical literature that identifies and offers an understanding of ageing and retirement.

    The literature on retirement and ageing

    Gilleard and Higgs set the scene for the study of retirement and ageing and help validate the research question when they write:

    We believe that since ‘old age’ has become a predictable expectation of the adult lifespan, ageing has ceased to be understandable in terms of any common or totalizing experience.  It is no longer the fixed and homogeneous process of per­sonal and physiological decay by which it has been understood for much of recorded history.  Ageing has become more complex, differentiated and ill defined, experienced from a variety of perspectives and expressed in a variety of ways at different moments in people’s lives.  Now a near­ universal experience, ageing is the subject of intense personal reflection and widespread public debate. Central to contemporary fears of finitude and failure, it is the antithesis of a youth culture that is itself grow­ing old.  The centrality and universality that ageing has achieved serve only to increase the contradictions it embodies.  It is this fragmentation of a highly socialized biological process which makes ageing such a key feature of the times in which we live (2000:1). Read more…

  • TASA Award for Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology

    Posted on March 23, 2017

    This award is made to a TASA member who has demonstrated outstanding, significant and sustained service to Australian sociology over many years. While not necessarily a lifetime achievement award, candidates for the Distinguished Service Award would usually be nearing the end of their careers.

    In this context, outstanding service may take the form of one or more of the following:

    • contribution to the teaching and scholarship of sociology in Australia
    • advancing international appreciation of sociology in Australia through research and publications
    • involvement as a recognised sociologist in the public arena; for example in policy development, administration, public debate or service to the community in a voluntary capacity

    In all cases the quality of the service is the determining criterion, rather than the quantity alone.

    Nominations close May 31. For the full details, please go to the TASA Award for Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology TASAweb page here

  • Dominant Theories

    Posted on March 22, 2017

    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 dominant theories.

    The November 2016 issue of Contemporary Sociology (American Sociological Association), has a review by Michael Strand of a book with the title “Sociological Amnesia: Cross-currents in Disciplinary History”, edited by Alex Law & Eric Royal Lybeck.   The book suggests that contemporary Sociologists suffer from amnesia as a kind of selective forgetfulness of the work of our predecessors.  I have dwelled on this subject several times over the years.  Whilst Michael Strand is not that impressed by the book, I think the subject is worth another look.

    Lewis Coser’s 1977 book “Masters of Sociological Thought – Ideas in Historical and Social Context” in which he reviewed the work of 15 Sociologists from Comte to Florian Znaniecki.  I find his work very useful, yet his review does not include one sociologist, that I regard as one of the greats of sociology (Ferdinand Tönnies).  Ferdinand’s 19th century work, I think, has value for sociology in the 21st century.  However, sociological theory and methodology is not restricted to the 19th century practitioners or even the 20th century.  Many people have made a contribution to theory and methodology, some have been popular for a while whilst others have been ignored altogether.  Me being one of the latter. Read more…

  • TASA Sociology in Action Award

    Posted on March 21, 2017

    This award recognizes contributions to the practice of sociology outside of academic settings. It is conferred on a TASA member who has made an outstanding contribution to sociological practice in Australia.

    In this context, outstanding contributions to sociology in action highlight the value and impact of sociological methods and theories to society. This includes both broad social issues, as well as more focused issues for industry, government, business or community sectors.

    Nominations for the award will be judged against the following criteria:

    • The application of sociology knowledge, methods and expertise to contribute to solving social problems
    • The applicant’s role in the use of sociology for addressing social issues
    • Recognised impact on a practical sociological problem, whether broad or focused in nature. Impact may be demonstrated through references from relevant stakeholders, and/or presentations, media, and publications (peer-reviewed, policy and general).

    Nominations close on June 15. For the full details, please see the TASA Sociology in Action Award TASAweb page here

  • Why Cyber racism matters

    Posted on March 20, 2017

    To view TASA member Andrew Jakubowicz discussing Why Cyber racism matters, please click here.

  • TASA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching in Australian Sociology

    Posted on March 19, 2017

    This award, first offered in 2015, celebrates outstanding contributions to enhancing the pedagogy, practice or outcomes of teaching and learning sociology in Australia. It recognises contributions at the disciplinary level (rather than acknowledging excellence in teaching within the classroom or institutions). Examples of disciplinary-level contributions include innovations in teaching that increase the impact of sociology teaching beyond university contexts, improve student access, experience and outcomes, or inform disciplinary approaches to learning and teaching Evidence of these achievements may be demonstrated through feedback from students or peers, and/or through publications (peer-reviewed, policy or general), presentations, media, or other relevant indicators.

    In this context, outstanding contributions to the teaching of sociology may be made within or beyond teaching activities in universities.

    Nominations for the award will be judged against the criterion of significant impact on teaching within the discipline of sociology.

    Nominations close on June 15. For the full details, please see the TASA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching in Australian Sociology TASAweb page here

  • PewDiePie, new media stars and the court of public opinion

    Posted on March 18, 2017

    TASA member Marcus Maloney discusses new media stars and public perception of youth online discourse on 2ser 107.3. Click here to listen to the podcast. The radio interview stemmed from an article written by Marcus & his colleague, Steven Roberts, shown below:

    Steven Roberts, Monash University and Marcus Maloney, Monash University

    PewDiePie is the username of the world’s most famous YouTube video blogger, 27-year-old Swede, Felix Kjellberg. PewDiePie’s vlogs, centred on his comedic video game commentaries, attract more than 53 million (mostly young) subscribers – more than any other YouTube channel. He was ranked by Forbes in December as the world’s highest paid YouTuber, with an income of US$15m in 2016.

    But on January 11, a PewDiePie vlog showed two South Asian men holding up a placard proclaiming, “DEATH TO ALL JEWS”. The pair danced and laughed while on a separate screen, Kjellberg, who had reportedly paid the men to hold up the sign via the freelance employment site Fiverr, feigned disbelief. “I’m not anti-Semitic or whatever it’s called,” he said as he watched. “It was a funny meme, and I didn’t think it would work.” Read more…

  • February wrap up: Videos by TASA members

    Posted on March 16, 2017

    Andrew Jakubowicz: Why Cyber Racism matters

  • February wrap up: Books by TASA members

    Posted on March 15, 2017

    Hendry, N. A. (2017). Social media bodies: Revealing the entanglement of sexual wellbeing, mental health and social media in education. In L. Allen & M. L. Rasmussen (Eds.), Palgrave handbook of sex education (pp. 509–526). London: Palgrave Macmillan.





    Voola, A. P., Beavis, K. & Mundkur, A. (2017). A “Fair Go” in the Lucky Country? Gender Equality and The Australian case. In Örtenblad, A., Marling, R. and Vasiljević, S. (Eds.), Gender equality in a global perspective. London, UK: Routledge.







    Chou, Mark, Jean-Paul Gagnon, Catherine Hartung, & Lesley J. Pruitt. 2017. Young People, Citizenship and Political Participation: Combatting Civic Deficit? Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.





    Matthewman, S. (2017). Pākehā Ethnicity: The Politics of White Privilege. In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T., and Wynyard, M. (Eds.), A land of milk and honey? Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland: Auckland University Press.







    Dobson, A.S., McDonald, K., Kirkman, M., Souter, K., & Fisher, J. (2017). Invisible labour? Tensions and ambiguities of modifying the ‘private’ body: the case of female genital cosmetic surgery. In A. S. Elias, R. Gill and C. Scharff, (Eds.) Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking beauty politics in neoliberalism.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Jean Martin Award: nominations close April 1

    Posted on March 14, 2017

    The Jean Martin Award recognises excellence in scholarship in the field of Sociology and aims to assist with establishing the career of a recent PhD graduate.

    This Award, which was given for the first time in 1980, is granted to the best PhD thesis in social science disciplines from an Australian tertiary institution submitted to the Award Committee. Theses may be on theoretical as well as empirical topics. Excellence in scholarship in the field of sociology, and the balanced treatment of sociological theory and research are the main criteria for deciding the Award. Work done in one of Jean Martin’s major areas of interest and which assesses implications for social policy are other criteria the judges will also take into account. Jean Martin’s research interests are defined as: migration, community and family studies, the concept of ‘ethnicity’, ethnic politics, social class, theories of culture and of social change.

    Nominations close on April 1. For the full details, please go to the Jean Martin Award TASAweb page here

  • February wrap up: Informed News & Analysis by TASA members

    Posted on March 13, 2017

    Andrew Jakubowicz, et al.: Australians believe 18C protections should stay, The Conversation 

    Marcus Maloney & Steve Roberts: PewDiePie, new media stars and the court of public opinion, The Conversation 

    David Rowe: Prize fight over live-streamed sport will go on long after the final bell sounds,The Conversation

    Karen Fisher: Shared ownership can help make housing affordable for people with disabilityThe Conversation

    Karen Willis & Sophie Lewis: Increased private health insurance premiums don’t mean increased valueThe Conversation

    James Arvanitakis, Lauren Stanley, Trina Jorre de St Jorre: Young women can budget in the short term but struggle with long-terminvestments: surveyThe Conversation

    John van Kooy: Middle Eastern migrants aren’t ‘piling on to the dole queue’, The Conversation

    Meredith Nash: ‘Fat, bland, boring incubators’: ordinary pregnant women don’t feel like Beyoncé, The Conversation

    Andrew Jakubowicz: What did Galaxy’s poll tell us about freedom of speech and 18C? Not what the IPA said it did, The Conversation

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