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Editorial

Eileen Clark: Welcome to the first issue of Nexus for 2018. In this issue we have three articles that each, in its own way, provokes thought about ethical matters that we may face as researchers or more broadly as citizens. In the first, Anna Denejkina writes about conducting research in Russia and raises a fundamental […]

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Ethics of de-identification: Exploring issues of erasure, safety, and agency

Anna Denejkina, University of Technology, Sydney: This article is an overview of a paper I presented at TASA’s 2017 Annual Conference. In it, I reflect on some of the ethical issues I encountered in my research, and how I overcame them. My PhD study investigated intergenerational transmission of combat-related trauma from parent to child, focusing […]

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TASA President’s Letter. Beyond the Engagement and Impact Agenda – Social Sciences Week, Australia, 2018

Dan Woodman, University of Melbourne: We’re already through three months of 2018 and TASA members are busy teaching, researching and otherwise using their sociological imagination. At my university, we are under growing pressure to demonstrate that our work is having an ‘impact’, and that we are ‘engaging’ outside the academy. This is the same across […]

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Euthanasia: Morality or money?

Alan J. Scott:  Late in 2017, State parliaments in NSW and Victoria debated assisted dying (euthanasia) legislation, with Victoria sanctioning this action and NSW opposing it. The word ‘euthanasia’ comes from two Greek words eu and thanatos that together mean a ‘good’, or perhaps a ‘gentle’, death but the way the word is used today […]

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‘I want to be straight’: Same sex marriage is homophobic

Rock Chugg: I wanna be straight Come out of the cold and Do what I’m told and Don’t deviate  – Ian Dury and the Blockheads Assimilated ‘equality’ In the light of current public controversy, which to the thoughtful ear-witness can sound like a familiar 1980s row between Mary Whitehouse and her alter ego, the subtitle […]

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Postgraduate Corner

Ashleigh Watson, Postgraduate Portfolio Leader and the Postgraduate sub-committee: 2017 Postgraduate Day Welcome session and poster exercise Like all good ice-breaker activities, the ‘Poster Exercise’ was a cleverly crafted (pun intended) practical activity with a deeper purpose. Postgraduates were organised into groups, provided with craft materials and invited to create a poster that captured a […]

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2017 TASA Postgraduate Conference Scholarship

Ashleigh Haw, University of Western Australia: As a high school student, two of my teachers strongly discouraged me from pursuing university education because of my ‘poor attention span’. I was told on many occasions that I was simply not cut out for higher education. Fifteen years later, it feels surreal to be in the final […]

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2017 TASA Postgraduate Conference Scholarship

Lutfun Nahar Lata, University of Queensland: I was extremely pleased and honoured to receive a TASA Postgraduate Conference Scholarship to attend the TASA Annual Conference in Perth in November 2017. This scholarship is an important recognition of my PhD research in the area of urban sociology. This scholarship further provided me an opportunity to network […]

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2017 TASA Postgraduate Conference Scholarship

Kate Vincent, University of Tasmania: My name is Kate Vincent and I am a Euro-Australian PhD candidate within the Social Work discipline at the University of Tasmania. At the TASA conference I presented the paper ‘Adopting a decolonising lens: Towards as epistemological transformation of social work’. I’m in the second year of my candidature and […]

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2017 TASA Sociology in Action Conference Scholarship

Catherine Robinson, Social Action and Research Centre, Anglicare Tasmania: In 2016, after 15 years as an academic, I left both Sydney and academic life to move home to Tasmania and into the NGO sector. Always fascinated with the complexities of knowledge transfer between university, government and non-government sectors, I am relishing the new professional capacities […]

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Doctoral completions

  Congratulations to the following members who have recently completed doctoral studies: Name: Antonia Canosa Title: Voices from the margin: Youth, identity and belonging in a tourist destination Institution: Southern Cross University Supervisors: Professor Anne Graham and Associate Professor Erica Wilson Summary: Children and young people’s views have often been marginalised in social research about […]

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Update on thematic group activities

The year of 2018 was a dynamic time for thematic groups. The 1 March 2017 Thematic Group funding round drew a record number of applications. It was fortunate that TASA was able to support most of these activities, which included: ‘Development for Species: Animals in Society, Animals as Society’, held on 18–19 September 2017 (Sociology […]

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Emotions and social theory: Reflexivity, critique and structure

Erin Carlisle, Flinders University: Among the trees at the lush green central campus of the University of Wollongong, a collective of sociologists – theorists and emotions researchers alike – met to debate the points of contact between the seemingly disparate fields of social theory, on the one hand, and contemporary emotions research, on the other. […]

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Research methods in youth studies: Doing ‘Difference’ differently

Amy Dobson, Benjamin Hanckel and Rose Butler: On 22 November 2017 the Sociology of Youth Thematic Group, in partnership with the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, hosted a youth symposium entitled Research methods in youth studies: Doing ‘Difference Differently’. Held at the University of Melbourne’s Youth Research Centre, the symposium brought together over […]

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Mobilising health sociology for impact: How can complex understandings of injustice and inequality be used in policy and practice?

Ally Gibson, University of New South Wales: On 13 October 2017, the TASA Health Thematic Group and the Practical Justice Initiative (PJI) co-hosted a one-day symposium, entitled Mobilising health sociology for impact: How can complex understandings of injustice and inequality be used in policy and practice? This event was generously supported by funding from TASA […]

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Chasms and bridges: Religion and secularity in a polarised world

Rosemary Hancock, The University of Notre Dame Australia & Alan Nixon, Western Sydney University. On 29 September 2017, the Sociology of Religion Thematic Group and Western Sydney University’s Religion and Society Research Cluster co-hosted a symposium titled Chasms and bridges: Religion and secularity in a polarised world. Twenty-two sociologists gathered at the new Western Sydney […]

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