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Editors’ Letter

Eileen Clark, Clarks Clerks & Alexia Maddox, Deakin University:             We welcome you to our first issue of Nexus as editors. We hope you enjoy it and find it thought provoking and informative. There is discussion of the marriage equality plebiscite, insights into the use of new technologies in research, […]

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Marriage equality: How did we get here?

Luke Gahan, Federation University: Months before the Marriage Amendment Act 2004 was proposed, a small group of LGBT people (yes, we had at least one of each) from around Australia exchanged emails and organised a teleconference. Each of us had raised the issue of marriage equality in our own communities and we wanted to place […]

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Marriage equality: What I want to say

Helen Marshall, RMIT University: The request was to write something about the struggle to alter the Australian legal definition of marriage for Nexus. I was being asked because, as a heterosexual woman, my views might provide a contrast with other writers. I said ‘yes’, then thought ‘oh dear’. I didn’t and still don’t feel capable […]

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Marriage equality: It’s not the main issue

Peter Robinson,  Swinburne University: Between 2009 and 2011, I interviewed 97 men in a variety of international cities including Auckland, Hong Kong, Mumbai, and New York. I asked them questions about their experience of age and ageing as gay men and the results were published in 2013. The book, Gay Men’s Relationships Across the Life […]

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Finding a home for the digital in sociological research, methods, supervision and teaching

Kim Toffoletti and Alexia Maddox, Deakin University:             Over the past five years in the discipline of sociology we have noticed that doctoral research projects are frequently engaging with the online behaviours and digital networked technologies embedded in our daily lives. The type and level of engagement varies, with some […]

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Drones and social research

Edgar Burns, La Trobe University: Growing exposure and interactivity of participants and researchers is a feature of research in the digital era, in contrast to the creation of taste and preference bubbles that seem to decrease exposure. In relation to the Internet of Things (IOT) that tends to mediate this interactivity in research, Orton-Johnson and […]

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Webinars for professional development

Melanie Shier-Baker, Applied Sociology Thematic Group: The Applied Sociology Thematic Group has two central themes: (1) to provide opportunities for sociologists working outside of academe to network, collaborate, and share knowledge, and (2) to help promote the usefulness of sociological theory and analytical tools in a wide range of arenas. Sociologists paving a career outside […]

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Southern Notes #4

Bruce Curtis, University of Auckland: We live in interesting times. I’m just back from the first industrial strike action at the University of Auckland in over a decade. Meanwhile, colleagues at Victoria University (Wellington) have also taken action over a pay dispute. Theirs was a little more creative than the noisy and well attended rally […]

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President’s Letter

Katie Hughes, TASA President: 2016 seems to be the year of elections, and TASA is no exception to this! Thanks to all TASA members who took the time and made the effort to vote for our next Executive which will hold office in 2017 and 2018. It was very pleasing to see the number of […]

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Thematic group three-year handover

Karen Soldatic, Thematic Groups Portfolio Leader: The number of thematic groups has grown significantly over recent years, and we now have more than 25 groups. When the first groups were established, the TASA Executive resolved that conveners should hold office for no more than three years. There were two reasons for this. First, it was […]

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Postgraduate Corner

Christina Malatzky, Postgraduate Portfolio Leader: It is with much pleasure that I congratulate Ashleigh Watson on being elected as the Postgraduate Portfolio Leader from January 2017. Ashleigh is a PhD candidate at Griffith University and has a passion for Public and Applied Sociology. TASA’s postgraduate members will have an opportunity to meet Ashleigh at the […]

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2016 TASA Conference Scholarship Recipients

2016 Postgraduate Conference Scholarship Recipients: Cassie Curryer School of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan; and the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, University of NSW. Ageing-in-place and the risks associated with housing in later life. How might older individuals adapt and plan for later life within uncertain policy and housing contexts? […]

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TASA 2017 Conference

Farida Fozdar, University of Western Australia: It’s been ten years since the last very successful TASA conference was held in Perth at University of Western Australia, so we are very pleased to be able to host it next year. The fact that Perth is one of the most isolated cities in the world, and certainly […]

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Contesting Boomageddon? Journal of Sociology special issue, 2018

Sue Malta, National Ageing Research Institute and Swinburne University:  In June 2016 the Ageing and Sociology Thematic Group under the direction of Cassie Curryer put in a bid for the 2018 special issue of the Journal of Sociology, and we are thrilled to say our bid was successful. The title of the special issue – […]

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