by Michael D. Fine, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and member of ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Aging (RC11) Walzing Matilda is a deceptively cheerful song about a homeless swaggie who carries his bedding around (walzes his matilda) as he searches for work across the Australian outback. Internationally recognizable as Australian, it typifies the itinerant […]

by Stewart Lockie, James Cook University, Australia and former President of ISA Research Committee on Environment and Society (RC24) Sociologists often complain that our potential contributions to environmental research and governance are ignored; that participation in key assessment and policy-making processes skews towards the natural sciences; and that, when we are consulted, it is usually […]

by Robert van Krieken, University of Sydney, Australia, and ISA Vice-President for Finance and Membership, 2010-2014 In universities today one can clearly see a number of fracture lines that are growing longer and wider, dividing the academic community into roughly three classes: an elite of high-profile researchers with little or no teaching or administrative responsibilities; […]

by Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney, Australia Raewyn Connell, an Australian sociologist, made her mark with research into class power, and the relation of class and gender in schooling. She rose to fame with her theory of the institutional basis of gender relations in Gender and Power (1987), and established herself as a global figure […]

by Vedi R. Hadiz, Murdoch University, Australia One of the most conspicuous features of the recent Arab Uprisings is that Islamic oppositional movements have not been at their forefront. That they did not take a leadership role is interesting given that Islamic groups, ever since the demise of most of the Left in Muslim societies […]

by Robert Lambert, University of Western Australia, former President of the ISA Research Committee on Labor Movements Even in the darkest of times we have the right to expect some illumination, and that such illumination may well come less from theories and concepts than from the uncertain, flickering, and often weak light that some men […]

by Ruchira Ganguly Scrase, President of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association The 10th Conference of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association was held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia in December 2010. It was co-hosted by the University of Malaysia, Sabah (USM) and the University of Wollongong (UOW). The general theme of the conference was “Social and Environmental […]

by Dan Woodman, Australian National University The 2010 conference of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) was held at Macquarie University in Sydney, December 6-9. The conference began with a sociology trivia night. The collective store of esotery in the Australian sociological community was much improved by the night (beware of entering casual conversations with your […]

by Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney Ulrich Beck is an imaginative and original sociologist, and we are all in his debt for his splendid rethinking of European social dynamics in Risk Society.  In the 1990s he, like a number of colleagues, discovered ‘globalization’ and so gave us World Risk Society and What is Globalization?  He […]