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Editorial

Eileen Clark: Welcome to this issue of Nexus, in which we sum up the very successful 2016 TASA Conference held at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. The campus itself mirrored the conference theme, Cities and Successful Societies, with its clever blending of the new and the old. The striking Mannix building had everything needed […]

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Invisible labour: Tales from the undercity

Sujatha Fernandes, University of Sydney:  Karl Marx expected that the great cities of the future would industrialise in the same ways as Manchester and Berlin. The high modernist architect Le Corbusier sought to design cities as workshops for production to house the industrial working classes. Yet the contemporary city has been marked by deindustrialisation, slum […]

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Getting respect: Responding to stigma and discrimination.

Michèle Lamont: [Editor’s note: This article was first published in The Sociologist, May 2016, pp. 3–5. We thank the editors for permission to republish it here.] Racism is a common occurrence for members of marginalized groups around the world. Getting Respect [1] is a book that illuminates experiences of racism by comparing three countries with […]

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On mobility, academic freedom and advocating for the social sciences – Letter from the President of TASA

Greetings TASA members and TASA friends, After the political and social upheavals of 2016, we live in a world that needs sociology more than ever. Yet sociological perspectives are often missing from where they are needed most. The early part of 2017 has highlighted for me some of the barriers sociology faces, and that they […]

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Acceptance speech for TASA Sociology in Action Award

Yoland Wadsworth, Research Sociologist:  The Award for Sociology in Action was presented by TASA President Katie Hughes at the 2016 TASA conference dinner. As Yoland took the podium and prepared to speak, she said: ‘I don’t want you to think that if you spend a lifetime working outside in applied sociology, you’ll need a little […]

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Postgraduate Day, TASA Conference 2016

Ashleigh Watson, Griffith University:  The 2016 Postgraduate Day was a big, busy and delicious way to kick off the annual TASA Conference. In Melbourne, a real hub for sociology PhDs, our biggest cohort yet convened at ACU in Fitzroy. Bright eyed and bushy tailed (and freezing! Or was this just me, coming from sweltering Brisbane?) […]

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TASA 2016 postgraduate scholarship winner

Cassie Curryer, University of Newcastle:  When I was 17, my father told me I would never go to university because we were too poor. It was to be many years before I took the chance to enrol as a mature age student and complete my Bachelor of Social Science (the first in my family to […]

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TASA 2016 postgraduate scholarship winner

Aqua Hastings, University of Newcastle:  I was escaping the heat in the air-conditioned public library of the remote township where my study is focused when I read the email that informed me I was the recipient of a TASA 2016 Conference scholarship. In the parched landscape of thesis writing, where the horizon stretches endlessly and […]

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TASA 2016 postgraduate scholarship winner

Yangtao Huang, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland: I am a PhD candidate in quantitative sociology at Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland. My research interests involve intergenerational transmission of socio-economic statuses, gender inequality, social networks and subjective wellbeing in Australia. It was my great honour and privilege to […]

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TASA 2016 postgraduate scholarship winner

Elly Leung, University of Western Australia:  I was extremely honoured and delighted to receive a TASA Postgraduate Conference Scholarship to attend the Annual Conference in Melbourne in November 2016. This scholarship generously gave me an opportunity to network with other academics and students and to get some constructive feedback on my research. I am in […]

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TASA 2016 Jerzy Zubrzycki postgraduate scholarship winner

Oznur Sahin, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University:  I am very pleased and honoured to be awarded the 2016 TASA Jerzy Zubrzycki Postgraduate Conference Scholarship. Thanks to the TASA award committee for granting me this award, which provided me an opportunity to attend and present the findings of my PhD research in an […]

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TASA 2016 Sociology in Action scholarship winner

Melanie Shier-Baker, Case Manager, Queensland:  Receiving the TASA Conference Scholarship for Sociology in Action gave me acknowledgment that my experience and contribution to applied sociology in Australia has been valued and useful. I am truly appreciative for this recognition. Having spent much time and energy managing the activities of the Applied Sociology Thematic Group as […]

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TASA 2016 conference

Sandy Hart, Social Worker, NSW: Thanks to the TASA team for enabling me to attend the 2016 conference in Melbourne. It was a wonderful experience and really valuable. It was lovely to be welcomed and included despite currently not studying or working in academia or being attached to a university. The conference was an enjoyable […]

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ORCID and KUDOS: Two tools for authors

Eileen Clark, Clarks Clerks: We are all familiar with doi (digital object identifier) codes used to identify and distinguish journal articles, and ISBN numbers in books. In a similar way, authors can now get a personal identifier. The ORCID number is a unique, persistent digital identifier (similar in format to a credit card number) that […]

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TASA 2017 Belonging in a Mobile World

The University of Western Australia is pleased to host the 2017 Australian Sociological Association Conference, which returns to Perth after ten years. This year’s conference will be held at the beautiful UWA campus on the shores of the Swan River, from 27–30 November. As one of the most isolated cities in the world, with a very […]

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Report from the Thematic Group Portfolio Leader

Peta S. Cook, University of Tasmania:  As the new Thematic Group Portfolio Leader on the TASA Executive, I would first like to thank Karen Soldatic for her leadership as Thematic Group Portfolio Leader from 2015 to 2016. During her leadership, Karen provided excellent mentorship for thematic group conveners. This included producing an e-manual for conveners […]

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From surviving to thriving: Work and economic security for refugees and people seeking asylum

John van Kooy, Brotherhood of St Laurence: The Surviving to Thriving (S2T) research forum was held on 7 December 2016, convened by Dr Dina Bowman and John van Kooy at the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) Research & Policy Centre in Melbourne. TASA sponsored the event through the Support Scheme for Thematic Groups, under the […]

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[Out] In with the old, in with the new

Rebecca E. Olson, University of Queensland & Jordan McKenzie, University of Wollongong: The TASA Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group joined with The University of Wollongong’s Contemporary Emotions Research Network and The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions to host the First International Conference on Contemporary and Historical Approaches to Emotions. […]

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Meaning and morality in an age of uncertainty: A symposium and workshop

Erin Carlisle, Flinders University & Ashleigh Watson, Griffith University: Our contemporary global age is certainly an uncertain one. Major events of 2016 demonstrated this: Brexit and the victory of Trump indicated a collective ambivalence toward globalisation. These two sensations—Trump and Brexit—buzzed frequently throughout the 2016 TASA Conference. Erin’s own conference presentation was no exception! These […]

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Health sociology in the 21st century: Innovative approaches

Michelle Black, Australian Catholic University, Ally Gibson, University of New South Wales & Sophie Lewis, University of New South Wales: Hosted by the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, TASA’s Health Sociology Thematic Group held a one-day symposium entitled Health sociology in the 21st century: Innovative approaches on 2 December 2016. The theme of innovative approaches […]

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Relationality in the metropolis

Deborah Warr, University of Melbourne & Peter Walters (University of Queensland): The fledgling Urban Sociology Thematic Group hosted its first symposium at the University of Melbourne on 2 December 2016. The thematic group is keen to foster a distinctive sociological approach to the interdisciplinary field of urban studies and the theme for the symposium, ‘Relationality […]

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Applied Sociology Thematic Group Review 2016

Melanie Shier-Baker, Mithzay Pomenta and Jon Gray: The TASA Applied Sociology Thematic Group aims to provide opportunities for sociologists working outside the academy to network, collaborate and share knowledge. Furthermore, we work to promote the use of sociological tools and theories across a diverse and broad range of public and industry arenas. It is well […]

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Doctoral completions

Congratulations to the following members who have recently completed doctoral studies: Name: Jane Brophy Title: Stem cell tourism in China: The dynamics of a moral economy Institution: Monash University Supervisors: Professor Alan Petersen, Associate Professor Megan Munsie Summary: ‘Stem cell tourism’, where patients travel internationally to access clinically unproven stem cell treatments, has prompted concern […]

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