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Editor’s Letter

Written by Sue Malta, outgoing Nexus editor: With all things Brexit monopolising the news landscape, it seems valid that I co-opt the catchphrase, as this issue marks my Nexit – my last edition as editor of Nexus. This edition contains two groups of themed articles on issues that are both topical and, for me, compelling. The […]

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Last Exit to Little Britain

Written by David Rowe, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University: When a word enters the popular lexicon, the social imaginary has surely been tapped. ‘Brexit’ was on multiple lips to describe the UK’s narrow referendum decision to leave the European Union. It then spawned many variations, such as the hashtag ‘#Quexit’ by those […]

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BREXIT – IS THIS SCHRÖDINGER’S NEOLIBERALISM?

Gratefully reprinted with kind permission from Liz Morrish Academic Irregularities Blog, 25 June 2016 The day after what the BBC has been calling a seismic event is bound to feel rather numbing. The prospect of leaving the EU is disorienting and scary precisely because no manifesto, no roadmap has ever been presented by the quitters. […]

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Lessons from Brexit

Written by Eileen Clark, Clarks Clerks: Result too close to call? Conservative leader under threat from his own side? Financial chaos and credit rating threatened? This seems like a bad case of déjà vu. Last week it was Brexit, today it’s the Australian double dissolution election. In both cases, it appears the little people turned […]

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Towards a sociology of ‘anti-ageing’

Written by Alan Petersen, School of Social Sciences, Monash University: Over the last two decades, the term ‘anti-ageing’ has gained considerable currency. There is a huge and burgeoning number of interventions labelled as ‘anti-ageing’ (or the more common Americanised spelling ‘anti-aging’) advertised online. The term is also widely used ‘off line’, with specialist clinics labelled […]

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What is the ‘ideal’ self in old age?

Written by Maho Omori, Adjunct Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology and Research Assistant, La Trobe University (Shepparton campus): One evening, I was reading gossip news about Meg Ryan, a Hollywood actor. She is 54 years old and according to the article, at this age her appearance has not changed much since she was known […]

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Ageing, technology, and multidisciplinary research: intended and unintended consequences

Written by Barbara Barbosa Neves, University of Melbourne:  As a sociologist of technology, I have always been drawn to the Latourian idea of opening the black box of devices, of objects, of networks (Latour, 1999). Progressively, I felt the need to be engaged in the creation of the box in order to study closely the […]

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Ageing and estate transmission: legacy beyond the family?

Written by, Christopher Baker, Research Fellow – Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology: One of the issues associated with an ageing society is that of the inheritance and the distribution of wealth. In Australia, a high proportion of private wealth is made up of property and older Australians are those most likely to own […]

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Southern Notes #3

Written by Bruce Curtis, University of Auckland:  Kia ora. In case anyone cares or even remembers, New Zealand has had its flag referendum and – surprise, surprise – we are keeping the old one that some sailmaker in the Royal Navy ran up. You know, your one. That was 26 million dollars well wasted, but […]

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President’s Report

Written by Katie Hughes, TASA President: ISA World Congress As many of you might know, Dan Woodman and myself recently went to Taipei, Taiwan to present a bid from Melbourne to host the 2022 World Congress of Sociology. We worked very closely with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to build the bid – which […]

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Convening a TASA Thematic Group

Written by Karen Soldatic, Thematic Group Portfolio Leader: The creative and supportive environment offered by TASA’s thematic groups has led to a proliferation of groups in recent years. There are now 26 active thematic groups, with the great majority of TASA’s membership involved in at least two groups. The impetus for new groups has been […]

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PhD Completion

Name: Teresa Flynn Title: Silenced by reason: the creation of the civilised post-divorce family Institution: Murdoch University Supervisor: Emerita Professor Patricia Harris Summary: This thesis sets out to explore how family law has come to shape and regulate the nature of the post-divorce family, with particular reference to contemporary Australia. In doing so, it positions […]

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Introduction: Nexus Editor

Written by Eileen Clark, Clarks Clerks, incoming Nexus editor: I came to sociology as a mature-age student after several years working in health sciences. In those halcyon days, I was lucky enough after graduation to get a lecturing position and I eventually spent 20 years working in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Wodonga […]

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Introduction: Nexus Editor

Written by Alexia Maddox, Deakin University, incoming Nexus editor: Alexia is a sociologist interested in the experience of digital community and thinking into how to visualise social form. She combines her passion for researching digital social frontiers with an eclectic interest in research methodology and exploring ways to bring these two passions together to shed new insights […]

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