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Date: 1/29/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter January 30
From: TASA

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XX ISA World Congress of Sociology in Melbourne, 2022

ISA 2022 Local Organising Committee: Call for Nominations

The Local Organising Committee will be comprised of TASA members holding specific portfolios which will each contribute to the smooth running of the World Congress. All roles will commence in March, 2020, and will involve working alongside the Professional Conferences Organisers and Conference Conveners. Details about the portfolios, as well as the nomination form,are available via this link. Note, after clicking the link, you will need to login to view the details and to nominate.
Thematic Group Conveners

Introducing the incoming convener for the

Crime & Governance thematic group:

Ron Baird

Ron Baird
Ron Baird currently works as a Teaching focused Academic at Victoria University. Ron does research in Youth Studies, Urban Sociology, Educational Inequality, Informal Social Learning and Qualitative Social Research. Their most recent publication is '"Like now I'm confused..." the blurred boundary between art and crime: Devaluing the cultural worth of graffiti writing'. 
As part of their PhD, Ron conducted a qualitative research study that focused on graffiti writers in Melbourne using ethnographic research methods incorporating semi-structured interviews and observation of graffiti practice. Ron's areas of research interest are the sociology of youth, social learning, youth justice and youth subcultures.
Members' Publications


Jens ). Zinn (2020) The UK ‘at Risk’: A Corpus Approach to Historical Social Change 1785–2009. Palgrave Macmillan. 

The UK at Risk
This book presents a case study of the proliferation of at risk-language in The Times news coverage from 1785 to 2009, illuminating the changing social experience of risk.

Zinn presents an historical examination of the forces which have shaped the language of risk over time, and considers how linguistic developments in recent decades are underpinned by issues such as cultural and structural transformations, the management of infectious and chronic diseases and climate change. He also explores changes in the public sphere, including the production of the news.

Based on an interdisciplinary research project which combines linguistic research tools with sociological analysis of the social contexts, the book contributes to a better understanding of how 'at risk' has become a defining feature of the UK in recent decades, and one which permeates all kinds of social domains. This research will be a point of reference for students and scholars engaging with risk studies from various disciplines including sociology, media studies, history and socio-linguistics.

Jens O. Zinn (2020) Understanding Risk-Taking. Palgrave Macmillan. 

Understanding Risk Taking
This book outlines and systematises findings from a growing body of research that examines the different rationales, dimensions and dynamics of risk-taking in current societies; providing insight into the different motivations and social roots of risk-taking to advance scholarly debates and improve social regulation.

Conceptually, the book goes beyond common approaches which problematise socially undesirable risk-taking, or highlight the alluring character of risk-taking. Instead, it follows a broadly interpretivist approach and engages in examining motives, control, routinisation, reflexivity, skills, resources, the role of identity in risk-taking and how these are rooted in and framed by different social forces.

Zinn draws on qualitative studies from different theoretical and conceptual backgrounds such as phenomenology, hermeneutics, pragmatism, feminism, class analysis, theory of practice and discourse analysis among others, to outline key distinctions and concepts central to the understanding of risk-taking.

Erik W. Aslaksen (2020) The Stability of Society. Springer. 

The Stability of Society
In this book, Erik W. Aslaksen builds on the view and model of society introduced in The Social Bond (Springer 2018), which portrays society as an information-processing system, and as both the result of the information and of the environment in which the information processing takes place. The processing power is provided by the individual, but is also greatly enhanced by the interaction between individuals, forming the collective intelligence that drives the evolution of society. In particular, this book focuses on the stability of that evolution, an issue that is of increasing concern given the current polarisation of the world society, both politically and economically, and the resultant interference in the operation of the collective intelligence. When we approach society as a genus and its evolution as a sequence of species, such as the family, clan, fiefdom, kingdom, and nation-state, the development of the next species – the world society – is now being thwarted by the desire of a minority to maintain a hegemonial position that resulted from a singularity in the process. 

Book Chapters

Pienaar, K., Murphy, D., Race, K. & Lea, T (2020). ‘To be intoxicated is to still be me, just a little blurry’: Drugs, enhancement and transformation in LGBTQ cultures. In Hutton, F. (ed) Cultures of Intoxication. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 139-63. 
Jack Barbalet. (2019). ‘The Experience of Trust: Its Content and Basis’. Pp. 11-30 in Trust in Contemporary Society, edited by Masamichi Sasaki. Leiden: Brill.

Book Reviews

Meenagh, J. (2020). Can Femininity be Queer? Review of ‘Queering Femininity: Sexuality, Feminism, and the Politics of Presentation’ by Hannah McCann. New Formations, 98, 178-181.
Two reviews of Petra Bueskens's book have been published:
  1. Ilene Philipson, Book Review: Modern Motherhood and Women’s Dual Identities, Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, 2020.  The link for this review is here:
  2.  Stephens, J., 2019. Review of Modern Motherhood and Women’s Dual Identities: Rewriting the Sexual Contract. Studies in the Maternal, 11(1), p.10. DOI:
Jack Barbalet (2019). Review of Guanxi: How China Works by Yanjie Bian, in China Review International. 24(3): 183-87.

Journal Articles

Jack Barbalet. (2020). ‘The Analysis of Chinese Rural Society: Fei Xiaotong Revisited’. Modern China. OnlineFirst, 16 January. DOI: 10.1177/0097700419894921

Jack Barbalet. (2020). ‘Violence and Politics: Reconsidering Weber’s “Politics as a Vocation”’. Sociology. OnlineFirst, 10 January. DOI: 10.1177/0038038519895748
Elliott, Karla (2020), 'Bringing in margin and centre: ‘open’ and ‘closed’ as concepts for considering men and masculinities', Gender, Place & Culture, DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2020.1715348.

Jack Barbalet. (2019). ‘“Honey, I shrunk the emotions’: late modernity and the end of emotions’. Emotions and Society. 1(2): 133-46.

Jack Barbalet. (2019). ‘Primitive Accumulation and Chinese Mirrors’. Journal of Classical Sociology. 19(1): 27-42.

Jack Barbalet. (2019). ‘Trust: Condition of action or condition of appraisal’. International Sociology. 34(1): 83-98.

Informed News & Analysis

Nicholas Bromfield & Alexander Page (January 24, 2020) White, male and straight – how 30 years of Australia Day speeches leave most Australians out. The Conversation. 
Ryan Storr & Katherine Raw (January 23, 2020) Can Tennis Australia honour Margaret Court and promote LGBT+ inclusivity at the same time?The Conversation.
Bronwyn Carlson (January 23, 2020) The Visitors review: a witty imagining of what went before that fateful encounter. The Conversation.
Members' forthcoming Keynotes / Appearances 
Raewyn Connell is giving a keynote next week called, "The University as Work" at the 11th Australian International Political Economy Network workshop, University of Sydney, 6 February

Raewyn Connell and Dennis Altman will be doing an "In Conversation" public event at the Seymour Centre in Sydney, part of the Sydney Mardi Gras "Queer Thinking" Programme, February 22. 

In March, Raewyn will be on a speaking tour in the United States, for her book "The Good University". She will be speaking at nine universities in the Bay Area, Chicago, and NYC.
TASA 2020 
Awards 2020

Book Awards - call for nominations

Stephen Crook Memorial Prize

This book Prize was established to honour the memory of Professor Stephen Crook in recognition of his significant contribution to Australian sociology. The 2020 Prize covers books published in 2018 or 2019, as indicated by the publication date in front matter (please double check this as sometimes this date is different to the date your book was released/published). The full details are the prize are available on TASAweb. The nomination form can be accessed here. Nominations will close on March 1, 2020.

Raewyn Connell Prize

This book Prize was established to honour the work of Professor Raewyn Connell in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Australian Sociology.  The 2020 Prize will cover books published in 2018 or 2019, as indicated by the publication date in front matter (please double check this as sometimes this date is different to the date your book was released/published). The full details are the prize are available on TASAweb. The nomination form can be accessed here. Nominations will close on March 1, 2020.

Service Awards - call for nominations

Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award

This award is made to a TASA member who has demonstrated outstanding, significant and sustained service to Australian sociology over many years. 
Nominations close May 31st. For the full details, please see the prize page on TASAweb here.

Outstanding Service to TASA Award 

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.
Nominations close May 31st. For the full details, please see the prize page on TASAweb here.
Promotions / Appointments
Congratulations to fellow member Joni Meenagh who has been appointed as a lecturer with Criminology and Justice Studies at RMIT.
TASA Publications

Journal of Sociology

  1. a call for expressions of interest to guest edit the 2022 special issue; and 
  2. a call for expressions of interest for the JoS editorial team for 2021 - 2024. 
In case you are not aware, you can access the full version of Anna Anderson's 2019 JoS Best Paper for free: Anderson, A. (2019) Parrhesia: Accounting for different contemporary relations between risk and politics. Journal of Sociology
You can sign up for New Content alerts for Journal of Sociology and receive an alert for the latest full issue as well as when new articles are published online? See here. 

Health Sociology Review

2021 Special Issue - call for papers  
Towards a Global Sociology of Trans and Gender Diverse Health.
After years of advocacy for improved recognition and action, the health and well-being of trans and gender diverse people is receiving overdue attention. In some parts of the world, gender-affirming care is made available in forms which explicitly support a diverse range of gender identities, service preferences and affirmation goals. However, good quality models of care are unevenly available and face a range of threats, creating heightened uncertainty for those who need to access them.
The aim of this special issue is to enhance knowledge on what supports and complicates the provision of health care and support for trans and gender diverse people across different parts of the world.

Full papers due: June 15th 2020Read on...


In case you missed it, you can catch up on the final 2019 Nexus issue via TASAweb on the Emailing page (scroll down to Nexus).  

Jobs Board

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New: Indigenous and Intercultural Research: Issues, Ethics, and Methods 
Learn practical tips for designing and conducting research across cultures. In particular, they speakers will explore issues, ethics, and methods for researchers to consider when studying formerly colonized societies, indigenous people, or historically oppressed communities. Panelists will include Dr. Bagele Chilisa, author of Indigenous Research Methodologies a University of Botswana Research and Evaluation Specialist, and Dr. Deborah McGregor, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice at York University in Toronto.
February 27, 6pm UTC. Read on...

Coaching Program

“Closing the Gap” is a 6 week group coaching program designed to help early and mid-career academics ‘close the gap’ and build their strategic research capacities through purposeful action in a vibrant, supportive group setting.
Sundays, from 23 Feb to 29 March, 2:00-3:30pm AEST, AUD600 incl. GST, via Zoom. Read on...

Monash Seminar Series

MMIC Seminar Series: A/Prof Pierluigi Musarò (University of Bologna) - 'Aware Migrants: the role of information campaigns in the management of migration'
Tuesday 12 February 2020, 1-2pm, Elizabeth Burchill Room, E561, Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus
For the full details, and the RSVP,
read on...


New: Law and Digital Society: Re-Imagining the Futures
Research Committee for the Sociology of Law
Lund/Sweden, 24-26 of August
Submission deadline: March 15. Read on...
New: Australia as a Risk Society: Hope and Fears of the Past, the Present and the Future
European Association for Studies of Australia
13-16 October, University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Italy
Submission deadline: February 15. Read on...
New: Social Boundaries of Work. Politics and ideologies of work
Polish Sociological Association
Warsaw, 28-29 October 
Submission deadline: April 30. Read on...
New: RC33 - 10th International Conference on Social Science Methodology
8-11 September, Nicosia, Cyprus
Submission deadline: TOMORROW January 31. Read on...
Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress
International Congress: Basic income, the ecological crisis and a new age of automation
September 28th – 30th, 2020, Brisbane, Australia (UQ / QUT)

Submission deadline:
TOMORROW January 31. Read on... 
Bringing the Hope Back In: Sociological Imagination and Dreaming Transformation
The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)
August 7-9, 2020, San Francisco, CA.
Submission deadline: TOMORROW January 31. Read on... 
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