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Editorial

Eileen Clark: Welcome to the final issue of Nexus for 2017. November is traditionally the month when TASA holds its Annual Conference showcasing members’ research and we hope this issue of Nexus will whet your appetites. In the first article, Brady Robards gives some tips on getting the most out of conference attendance. Those who […]

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Five tips for making the most out of an academic conference

Brady Robards, Monash University: Conferences are an important part of research in several ways: meeting other researchers, finding out about the latest research in the field, and presenting and receiving feedback on your own research. At the 2016 TASA conference in Melbourne, Luke Gahan and I ran a short session during the Postgraduate Day to […]

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TASA President’s Letter. Belonging and recognition in a mobile world of sociology

Dan Woodman, University of Melbourne: In August, I attended the American Sociological Association Meeting for 2017. Every few years, the ASA leaves the USA and heads North to Canada for its conference. This year’s meeting was in the vibrant bilingual city of Montreal. It’s been booked in for a few years, but it was serendipitous […]

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The ethical practice of social enquiry (Or, Never mind the question, let’s get the answer right)

Alan J. Scott, Independent researcher:  (Editor’s note: This is a revised version of an article first written in 1979. The questions it raises are still relevent today.) There is a group of words that are often used as if they have precise meanings, but in practice they overlap and are interwoven, to the extent that […]

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Ethical dilemmas of fieldwork in China

Elly Leung, University of Western Australia: In my PhD research ‘Exploring Worker Consciousness in China’ I am examining how the lived experience of everyday Chinese workers has influenced their willingness to improve their working and living conditions as a class for themselves and others in China. This research focus is justified by the explosion of […]

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Ethical treatment of human remains and relatives of the missing in Spain‬‬‬

Natalia Maystorovich Chulio, University of Sydney:  ‘Human remains are not just another artefact, they have potency, they are charged with political, evidentiary and emotional meanings…’ (Cassman et al., 2006:1). As the above quote reflects, human remains are never neutral; they are imbued with meaning. There is an expectation that those working in medico-legal forensic work […]

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Ethical dilemmas when working across disciplines

Eileen Clark, Clarks Clerks Research Services:  We might imagine that the ethical principles governing research are universal and clearly delineated, so that an action is either right or wrong with little room for doubt. However, my recent work has shown me that different disciplines may interpret the principles of beneficence, respect for human dignity, and […]

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Learning from Habermas

Ann Lawless, independent scholar: In my doctoral thesis ‘Activism in the Academy’, I integrated case study methodology and critical ethnography with the somewhat intellectually challenging theory of Jurgen Habermas, in particular his work on the communicative turn in sociology and his work on the public sphere. I investigated how activists in the workforce, including general […]

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Revealing a counterstory of Aboriginal Education Success

Sheelagh Daniels-Mayes, University of Sydney: In my thesis I sought to reveal and develop a counterstory of Aboriginal education success through an investigation of what successful teaching of Aboriginal students in metropolitan Adelaide looked like. Generally speaking, traditional research methods have developed ways of initiating research and recruiting participants that are located within the cultural […]

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Symposium: Crime Control in the 21st Century

Joel McGregor, University of Newcastle: Last month, the Crime and Governance thematic group hosted a one-day symposium on the theme, ‘Crime Control in the 21st Century’. Held at the University of Newcastle Sydney campus, the day was well attended by TASA members, other academics non-members and practitioners. We were extremely fortunate to host two brilliant […]

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Crime and Governance Thematic Group Symposium

Ben Lohmeyer, Tabor College of Higher Education: Politics and Crime Control in the 21st Century: Controversies and Challenges After the TASA Crime and Governance symposium, sitting with a small group of attendees in the heart of Sydney, a senior academic reflected ‘I think that the best presentations today were by the postgrads’. This was not […]

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Sociology & Animals Thematic Group Event

Zoei Sutton, Flinders University: The ‘Development for species: animals in society, animals as society’ symposium was held on 18–19 September 2017, at Deakin University, Melbourne. Conveners were Yamini Narayanan, Zoei Sutton and Vince Marotta, and the symposium was sponsored by Deakin University (who provided in kind and financial support as hosts), The Alfred Deakin Institute […]

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Engaging with the ‘Other’: Issues in Muslim and Non-Muslim dialogue

Mohamed Wehby, HIKMA Research: HIKMA Research is a multidisciplinary collaborative effort constituting higher degree research students from various universities in Australia and across multiple disciplines of study. On 30 June 2017, HIKMA Research hosted a workshop in Sydney to discuss issues of inter-faith engagement and dialogue. Wrestling with contemporary challenges that concern the future of […]

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Postgraduate Corner

Ashleigh Watson, Postgraduate Portfolio Leader: The annual Postgraduate Day at the TASA Conference is nearly upon us! Over the past few months the postgraduate subcommittee has been working hard on the Postgraduate Day sessions for 2017, which will happen on Monday 27 November. Participants can expect a varied line up catering to those just starting […]

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DOCTORAL COMPLETIONS

Congratulations to the following member who has recently completed doctoral studies: Name:                        Alison Herron Title:                           Male engineers extending working life: issues in ongoing professional practice development Institution:                  Swinburne University of Technology Supervisors:              Professor Nita Cherry, Associate Professor […]

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