Let’s go conferencing!
Catherine's analysis

Let’s go conferencing!

It is currently conference season among the academic community in Australia.  There are a suite of different professional associations and groups hosting conferences all over the country.  Last week I attended the Australian Sociological Associations’ (TASA) annual conference in Cairns, North Queensland.  Now that the academic semester is over, academic staff and postgraduate students alike are … Continue reading

Doing fieldwork in your own community: Some insights
Catherine's analysis

Doing fieldwork in your own community: Some insights

The notion that the researcher is an objective observer is an underlying idea within some sections of sociology.  The pursuit of objectivity in social research has been widely criticised, and in many respects, put aside entirely.  Indeed, methodological approaches that embrace researcher subjectivities, particularly feminist methodologies or insider research, are broadly utilised and acknowledged.  Still, … Continue reading

Can the Internet ‘fix’ society?
Catherine's analysis

Can the Internet ‘fix’ society?

Can the Internet ‘fix’ society?   That certainly seems to be what Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook thinks with the ‘Internet.org’ campaign. What is it? Launched in 2013, ‘Internet.org’ is a campaign lead by Facebook, as well as a variety of other mobile phone and infrastructure companies.  In 2015, Internet.org ran a glossy advertising campaign on Australian … Continue reading