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Multiple Researcher Roles in Video-Reflexive Ethnography

Multiple Researcher Roles in Video-Reflexive Ethnography

Author/editor: Carroll, K, Mesman, J

Year published: 2018

Hospital-based video-reflexive ethnography (VRE) is a collaborative visual methodology used by researchers and/or health professionals to understand, interpret, and optimize health professionals’ work practices and patients’ experiences. For more than a decade, the VRE methodology has spread...

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Why Do We Hurt Ourselves? Understanding Self-Harm in Social Life

Why Do We Hurt Ourselves? Understanding Self-Harm in Social Life

Author/editor: Brossard, B

Year published: 2018

Why does an estimated 5% of the general population intentionally and repeatedly hurt themselves? What are the reasons certain people resort to self-injury as a way to manage their daily lives? In Why Do We Hurt Ourselves , sociologist Baptiste Brossard draws on a five-year survey of self-injurers...

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Do Socialbots Dream of Popping the Filter Bubble? The role of socialbots in promoting participatory democracy in social media

Do Socialbots Dream of Popping the Filter Bubble? The role of socialbots in promoting participatory democracy in social media

Author/editor: Graham, T, Ackland, R

Year published: 2017

Philip K. Dick’s seminal novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (adapted into the film Blade Runner), poses multiple questions about the relations between humans and nonhumans. One such question concerns whether we might one day reach a future in which robotic humanoids (i.e. the titular ‘...

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The Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education

The Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education

Author/editor: Allen, L, Rasmussen, ML

Year published: 2017

This authoritative, state-of-the-art Handbook provides an authoritative overview of issues within sexuality education, coupled with ground-breaking discussion of emerging and unconventional insights in the field. With 32 contributions from 12 countries it definitively traces the landscape of issues...

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‘Anytime, anywhere’: vaping as social practice

‘Anytime, anywhere’: vaping as social practice

Author/editor: Keane, H, Weier, M, Fraser, D, Gartner, C

Year published: 2017

This article examines the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, as a social practice. It builds on recent work which argues that theories of social practice can provide effective new ways of conceptualising and responding to public health challenges such as smoking and sedentariness by shifting the focus...

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Indifferent by nature: A post-humanist reframing of the problem of indifference

Indifferent by nature: A post-humanist reframing of the problem of indifference

Author/editor: Hynes, M

Year published: 2016

Much recent scholarship in the social sciences has recognised the importance of grasping the significance of non-human forces in both social and natural life. Still, we remain faced with the task of reconceptualising some of our more classically humanist problems in other than human terms. This...

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Theorizing affordances: from request to refuse

Theorizing affordances: from request to refuse

Author/editor: Davis, JL, Chouinard, JB

Year published: 2016

As a concept, affordance is integral to scholarly analysis across multiple fields—including media studies, science and technology studies, communication studies, ecological psychology, and design studies among others. Critics, however, rightly point to the following shortcomings: definitional...

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Gender Segregation in Australian Science Education: Contrasting Post-Secondary VET with University

Gender Segregation in Australian Science Education: Contrasting Post-Secondary VET with University

Author/editor: Sikora, J

Year published: 2015

Young men and women dominate different niches of science education in Australia, but how this divide varies between university and post-secondary vocational education and training (VET) is not well understood. Therefore, I compare courses in both sectors to assess if the male–female gap at later...

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Opening the Black Box: the Work of Watching

Opening the Black Box: the Work of Watching

Author/editor: Smith, GJD

Year published: 2015

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras are a prominent, if increasingly familiar, feature of urbanism. They symbolize the faith that spatial authorities place in technical interventions for the treatment of social problems. CCTV was principally introduced to sterilize municipalities, to govern...

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Engaged Environmental Citizenship

Engaged Environmental Citizenship

Author/editor: Aslin, HJ & Lockie, S

Year published: 2013

The topic of this book, engaged environmental citizenship, is a ‘big idea’. It raises many issues about democracy; governance; consumer society; how people, their environments and ecology are connected; and how we can take better account of ecological realities and minimise environmental impacts...

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