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Editorial

Eileen Clark:  Welcome to the last edition of Nexus for 2018. Although this is a busy time of the year, I encourage you to read the articles (perhaps while in transit to the Conference in Melbourne) and provide feedback to the contributors. We open with the President’s Letter, in which Dan Woodman highlights the appalling […]

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The Minister’s veto and why we should do Social Sciences Week again

Dan Woodman, President, The Australian Sociological Association:  The major challenges facing our society are questions about how we live together and how we share the resources we have. Refugee policy, financial regulation and even climate change are questions for which sociological knowledge is central. These would seem to be the conditions, however unfortunate, in which […]

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Anxiety and teaching sociology

Louise St Guillaume, University of Notre Dame, Sydney:  I am an early career academic and in the short time that I have been teaching I have noticed an increase in levels of anxiety in students. Colleagues have also noticed similar trends and these increases align with empirical data. For example, research on Australian tertiary students […]

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Reflecting on an ISA session addressing Andy Furlong’s legacy

Julia Cook, University of Melbourne:  The International Sociological Association World Congress, held in Toronto from 15–21 July, brought 5,500 delegates from 115 countries together to discuss the history, contemporary debates and future of sociology. Among the many paper sessions, round table discussions, plenary sessions and keynote lectures were a wealth of vibrant and timely contributions […]

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The 20- to 30-year gap has come (but it now seems as if it’s going)

Alan J. Scott, Consultant Sociologist:  An article in New Scientist on autism suggests, ‘Our understanding of the condition has been skewed by an overly medical focus.’ The same can be said about ageing. In 44 BC, Cicero in his essay Concerning old age, argued that old age is not a failing mind and illness, rather […]

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The Boomer’s Lament

Eileen Clark:  In his Budget speech of 2014, then Treasurer Joe Hockey used the phrase ‘lifters and leaners’ to distinguish between those who made a contribution to the nation’s economy and those perceived as retarding the nation’s financial growth. The phrase was seized on by right-wing commentators who quickly found scapegoats to blame for the […]

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Sociologist Stars

Sally Daly, TASA Executive Officer:  The International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress in Toronto this year was huge! Compared with the 500 or so delegates at each TASA annual conference, ISA 2018 received 6000 registrations. Imagine that! The logistics of organising an event that size would be challenging, to say the least. From my TASA […]

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Reflections on the XIX International Congress of Sociology

Patrick Brownlee, University of Sydney:  The Nineteenth International Congress of Sociology held in Toronto in July brought together more than 5,000 scholars, activists, bureaucrats and practitioners from various professions. A quadrennial event, the 2018 ISA Congress (ISA–XIX) on this occasion convened around the theme of Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities (the alliteration […]

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ISA Congress Toronto July 2018: Two Congresses

Suzanne Franzway, University of South Australia:    For me the XIX World Congress took two forms: the sociology content and the social milieu. Like everyone, I limited myself to a very few strands plus a couple of the plenaries because there was such a wealth of options available. In my case, I went to labour […]

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Reflection on ISA 2018, Toronto

Rosemary Hancock, University of Notre Dame, Sydney: Six thousand sociologists in one place is an awfully large conference and the fear of being lost amongst the fray was all too real. Sifting through the tome-like program book to find the highlights could easily take all week – and the sheer number of people shuttling between […]

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The Beaumont children: Investigations and implications of cold cases

Joel Robert McGregor, University of Newcastle: Watch the livestream on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSBSNwZC870 Jane, Arnna and Grant Beaumont, collectively known as the Beaumont children, disappeared from Glenelg Beach in Adelaide, SA, on Australia Day 1966. Their disappearance led to one of the largest police investigations in Australian history and is one of the country’s most famous […]

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Symposium: Migration, social inclusion and the multicultural city

Kristine Aquino, University of Technology, Sydney & Jennifer Cheng, Western Sydney University: As part of 2018 Social Sciences Week, a Migration, Social Inclusion and the Multicultural City symposium was held on 14 September 2018, at Western Sydney University, Parramatta City campus. The one-day event was co-hosted by the Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism Thematic Group of […]

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Digital Societies Symposium

Cultural Sociology Thematic Group: On 11 September we held the symposium Digital societies? New frontiers in social research at the Australian National University, School of Sociology, as part of Social Sciences Week. It was organised by the conveners of the Cultural Sociology Thematic Group: Timothy Graham, Naomi Smith, and Scott Doidge. The symposium provided an […]

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Southern Notes #6

Bruce Curtis, University of Waikato: New Zealand typically figures high on the Corruptions Perceptions Index (high is a good thing) run by a German think tank called Transparency International. Indeed, since 2010 (and maybe before) New Zealand has tied with Denmark in the number 1 spot. Australia is 13th  for the same period (lucky for […]

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Postgraduate Corner

Ashleigh Watson, Postgraduate Portfolio Leader: As we near the end of 2018, the Postgraduate sub-committee and I are working hard to finalise our biggest event of the year – the annual Postgraduate Day at the TASA conference. This year the event is happening on Monday 19 November at Deakin University, Burwood. We have a stellar […]

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Doctoral completions

Congratulations to the following members who have recently completed doctoral studies: Name: Ashleigh Watson Title: Engaging public sociology, fiction and the sociological imagination Institution: Griffith University Supervisors: Professor Andy Bennett (Griffith), Professor Sarah Baker (Griffith), Professor Les Back (Goldsmiths) Summary: This thesis explores public sociology, fiction writing and sociological imagination, and presents a sociological fiction […]

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TASA Conference 2019: Diversity & Urban Growth

Western Sydney University (WSU) is pleased to host the 2019 Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, a return to Sydney for the first time since 2010. WSU’s School of Social Sciences and Psychology and Institute of Culture and Society will hold the conference in Greater Western Sydney at our new Parramatta City campus and at other […]

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