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Editorial

Peter Robinson: Welcome to the August 2017 issue of Nexus, in which the focus is on rural sociology and the methodologies of doctoral candidates. As well, we invite readers to contribute to a discussion in the next issue of research ethics, a perennial for research-active academics, and one requiring more thought and reflection as sources […]

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Employing a ‘plurality of theories’ to examine rural social change

Diane Luhrs, Monash University: Abstract Social change in any setting can be examined through various theoretical perspectives, thereby creating knowledge dependent on the particular perspectives employed. However, complex social phenomena may not be amenable to examination through a single theoretical perspective. For my recently completed PhD thesis on the social change phenomena of intergenerational family […]

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Resilience, farming, and fairness in northern Australia

Keith Noble, James Cook University & Insideout Architects: Abstract Options for development in northern Australia range from extensive agriculture through to conservation management, but policy decisions will need to include the endemic knowledge of the landscape and its rural industries possessed by residents, while being politically and socially accepted by Australians who live elsewhere. Northern […]

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Implications of the rise of egoism for altruistic social participation

Bill Calcutt, University of Wollongong Doctoral research being conducted under the auspices of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre into the primary motives for volunteering in emergency services in Australia has highlighted the potential broader implications of evolving social values for traditional forms of altruistic civic engagement. Volunteers are the lifeblood of emergency […]

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Engaging with the media, punditry and public sociology: On becoming the accidental voice of a micro-generation

Dan Woodman, TASA President: Many TASA members are regular contributors to the media (old and new). I try to take up as many opportunities as I can to talk to journalists about my research, particularly if there is an opportunity to defend the groups I study from unfair attack, or to advocate for the importance […]

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Sport for Development

Sarah Oxford, Victoria University: My PhD questions the extent to which young women’s participation in sport, and specifically so-called Sport for Development (SDP) programming, shapes or constrains gender relations. Although SDP organizations are diverse, they typically offer sport in conjunction with an educational component to youth living in low-income, marginalised communities. My research motivation stemmed […]

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Outing an unspoken past: Homosexual desire and survival in post war Australia

David Gould, Swinburne University of Technology: PhD title Outing an unspoken past: Homosexual desire and survival in post war Australia. The social, religious, political, medical and legal frameworks that governed the lives of homosexual men and women in Australia, 1946 to 1959. Theoretical framework: Narrative analysis An interpretivist/constructionist theoretical approach underpins this research because it […]

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Hearing the quiet voice – the lived experience of older mothers of adults with dual disabilities

Kristin Kelly, Swinburne University: In my research titled ‘Hearing the quiet voice – the lived experience of older mothers of adults with dual disabilities’, I will examine the daily experiences of mothers who care for their adult children who have an intellectual disability together with a mental illness or autism and associated behavioural support needs. […]

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Postgraduate Corner

Ashleigh Watson, Griffith University: Building on the successes of the Postgraduate Portfolio under the previous portfolio leader Christina Malatzky and with the postgraduate sub-committee, I have been working this year to extend the services that TASA offers postgraduates and better address current postgraduate needs. We have reflected on our online engagement and explored expanding the […]

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Doctoral completions

Congratulations to the following members who have recently completed doctoral studies: Name: Fabian Cannizzo Title: Governing Australian academics: An analysis of governance and subjectivity in Australian universities Institution: Monash University Supervisors: Professor Alan Petersen, Dr David Holmes, Dr Nick Osbaldiston Summary: This dissertation addresses the question of how academic work is governed in universities in […]

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