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Thursday, December 5

9:00am NZDT

KEYNOTE: Professor Peter Flemming
The Worst is Yet to Come: On the Poverty of Optimism in Critical Theory

In order to counter these ‘dark times’, critical theory has recently turned to radical optimism, hoping to overcome the cultural nihilism that has followed in the wake of neoliberalism’s catabolic decline. This presentation will analyse the intrinsic limitations of critical optimism in critical sociology, and make a case for ‘revolutionary pessimism’ instead.

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Professor Peter Fleming

University of Technology Sydney
Peter Fleming is Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and has held positions at the University of London and University of Cambridge. His most recent books are The Worst is Yet to Come: A Post-Capitalist Survival Guide (2019, Repeater), Sugar Daddy Capitalism: The Dark... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am NZDT
201N-346 - HSB1

10:00am NZDT

Thursday December 5, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am NZDT

10:30am NZDT

Chair: Aimee B. Simpson

Ash Gillon: Body Sovereignty and the intersecting isms: Fat Indigenous Bodies

Abstract: Racism, sexism and fatism are intersecting systems of colonial oppression that restrict, re-present and re-structure access to wellness for Indigenous women. These systems can perpetuate colonial definitions of Indigenous women and determine ways that bodies are (over)/(under)surveilled, policed and assigned (un)well and (un)(re)liable. Issues that centre around power such as surveillance, deservedness, consent, and classifications of dis-eased bodies, all influence Indigenous women’s lives and can limit access to bodily opportunities and resources. Body sovereignty centres around having access to opportunities to feel safe from bodily harm and abilities to make autonomous decisions. This Kaupapa Māori research seeks to explore ways in which fat Māori women experience and enact body sovereignty (as resistance) within these colonial systems of oppression: racism; sexism; and fatism. This presentation discusses these isms and explores these re-presentations of bodies that restrict access.

Andrew Dickson: Biomasochism: On the ethics of desire in weight cycling

Of course I want to lose weight. It is Kate Moss who is credited with the infamous phrase “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”, though we can be certain that Moss was not the first to contemplate such a philosophy. It is not surprising that this sentiment finds itself simultaneously a site of vitriol and a moment of purity, both associated with the eating disorder craze of late modernity. Really by craze I mean crazy, the crazy of late modernity. Because in this particularly crazy we find our society, and this is found all over the world, pursuing both an eradication of ‘obesity’ and an eradication of disordered eating, eating that in theory ‘solves’ obesity. Paradox. It is within this paradox that we can discover the accurate way to read Kate Moss’s words – it simply requires replacing the middle of the sentence ‘as good’ with ‘precisely the same’: “Nothing tastes, precisely the same, as skinny feels”. Consider this an equation: What exactly does ‘nothing’ taste like? Well, it tastes precisely the same as skinny feels. We can all imagine what skinny feels like, after all capitalism finds a million ways to sell it as a solution to our fatty-ness, it often involves consuming some kind of hyper-sugared beverage, in a bikini. But this is not what skinny (f)actually feels like, it is just a fantasy of your standard neurotic mind – skinny, in Moss’s sense, feels like consuming nothing, which just happens to be the Lacanian formula for anorexia (Lacan, 1958; di Meana, 2002; Recalcati, 2011; Mura, 2015). In this paper I shall explicate the portly link between a Lacanian understanding of primary versus secondary anorexia, desire, and the biomasochistic ‘everyday’ of your average weight loss consumer.

George Parker: Mum’s the word: Addressing the gendering of obesity panic

Recent developments in the medical science of obesity have centered on the risks and harms of fatness before, during, and after pregnancy. Fatness amongst reproductive age women has been associated with almost all pregnancy and birth complications. Further, scientific developments in epigenetics have traced the origins of fatness to “life in the womb”, and even to “life before the womb” with the fat pregnant body described as wiring offspring for future obesity and poor health (see for example Gluckman & Hansen; Heerwagen; Heslehurst; Stothard). This has placed fat pregnant people at the epicentre of contemporary anxieties about the population health problems (and costs) of the so-called “obesity epidemic” leading to unprecedented opportunities for the blame, interrogation and control of pregnant people and new mothers. This paper will explore the importance of critical health sociological perspectives for identifying and responding to the gendering of obesity panic. I will explore how sociological perspectives have helped to highlight the discursive and material effects on women’s lives and demand a much more complex and socially just view of the relationship between fatness, reproductive health, and mothering.

Cat Pause: Fattening up sociology

In the first session of the Fat Studies stream, the field of Fat Studies will be introduced. A brief history and overview of the discipline will be presented, before considering the role that social sciences, and especially sociology, have to gain and offer from this new critical framework. Ways to fatten sociology will b explored, with the aim of shifting the focus of fatness from individuals and a biomedical lens, to the role of structures in the social construction of fatness and the lived experience of fat people.

Aimee B. Simpson: Sociology for everybody? Thinking critically about the big, fat blind spot

The issue of fatness, as a disease, epidemic and public health crisis is a popular area of research and discussion for sociologists. As a social problem, ‘obesity’ is touched on in publications ranging from media analyses, social policy, social and spatial environments, food systems and poverty, as well as children and the family to name a few. As sociologists, we are trained to examine social phenomena critically, yet this cynical gaze can waver when conversations turn to the fat body. Here, we critique around the edges – challenging the causes, measurement, representation and treatment of ‘obesity’, while leaving its designation as a disease and health risk unquestioned. Drawing on existing literature, this presentation looks at the way that fatness is discussed, and obesity discourses are reproduced in social science publications. It will engage with some of the more prevalent beliefs about ‘obesity’ and in doing so consider how we as sociologists can think more critically about the way that we engage with the fat body in our work.

Each presentation will be allocated 20 minutes. Additional time for questions and discussion will be available in each stream.

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Aimee B. Simpson

PhD Candidate, University of Auckland
Sociology PhD student based at the University of Auckland. Interested in sociology of medicine, the body and issues relating to health. Currently working on an analysis of obesity discourses and their effects on understandings of fatness, health and identity using a fat studies l... Read More →
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Ash Gillon

PhD Candidate and Researcher, Te Wānanga o Waipapa, University of Auckland
Ko Pūtauaki te maungaKo Rangitaiki te awaKo Mataatua te wakaKo Tu Teao te maraeKo Ngā Maihi te hapūKo Ngāti Awa te iwiKo Wairaka te tipuna.Ko Ashlea Gillon tōku ingoa.I'm a Kaupapa Māori trans-disciplinary researcher and a doctoral candidate at The University of Auckland. I'm... Read More →
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Cat Pause

Senior Lecturer, Massey University
Cat Pausé, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in Human Development at Massey University. She is the lead editor of Queering Fat Embodiment (2014, Ashgate), and coordinated two international conferences - Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections (2012) and Fat Studies: Identity, Agency, Embodiment... Read More →

George Parker

Doctoral Candidate, University of Auckland

Thursday December 5, 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm NZDT
206-217 - Seminar Room 6

10:30am NZDT

Chair: Luke Oldfield

Stephanie Kelly & Tony Carton: The separation of powers… and context…..and the social: A discourse analysis of leadership, diversity and bullying in the most powerful workplace of all

In May 2019, the New Zealand Parliament released the ‘Independent External Review into Bullying and Harassment in the New Zealand Parliamentary Workplace – Final Report’. In this report, separate recommendations are made to address the roles of leadership development and diversity in the management of workplace bullying. New Zealand has one of the highest levels of workplace bullying in the OECD. Yet, this is not considered in this Review. Much of the academic literature on these issues has been dominated by the fields of psychology, human resources, law, and organisational studies. It seems the Independent External Review is no exception. This has led to a somewhat psychologised non contextualised, ahistorical focus on both the defining and understanding of the issues and trends around workplace oppression and power; with proposed solutions in keeping with this lens of analysis. Growing sociological literature recognises that workplace oppression, leadership and diversity are all processes and practices that operate beyond the limited concepts of individual leaders and followers, bullies and targets, as essentialised categories of difference; and that workplace bullying is a consequence of macro-structural issues and power, rather than simplistic interpersonal or organisational explanations. We undertake a discourse analysis to examine how leadership, diversity, and bullying are constructed in this Review and we situate this in a sociologically informed understanding of workplace oppression, leadership, and diversity. We finish with the curious question of how examination of these issues has been removed from the political and from the responsibilities of leadership in the most powerful workplace of all.

Kevin Dew: Identifying inequalities in action: Observations of the health-care system

There are powerful representations of unequal health outcomes for different people in Aotearoa New Zealand. For example, on average Māori have poorer health outcomes than non-Māori, and those living in more materially deprived areas have poorer outcomes than those in less deprived areas. Much of these inequalities in health outcomes can bes explained as a consequence of historical processes, current social policy and political decisions that exacerbate or combat social inequaltiies. However, interactions between people who provide care and cure and people who require or want care and cure also contributes to health inequalties. In this presentation I will draw on emprical data from different research projects to consider some ‘mechanisms’ of inequality that operate at the level of interaction between people in the health-care system – in hospitals and general practices. In doing so I want to consider some ways in which an ethnomethodological sensibility can connect with critical social theory.

Each presentation will be allocated 20 minutes. Additional time for questions and discussion will be available in each stream.

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Luke Oldfield

PhD Candidate, University of Auckland

Thursday December 5, 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm NZDT
206-201 - Lecture Theatre 1

10:30am NZDT

Chair: Jessica Terruhn

Lucen Liu: Chinese female immigrants’ understandings of sporting pain and injury: Through the lens of Confucianism

The sociological studies of sport-related risk, pain and injury have primarily focused on sportsmen and heavily drawn on to gender perspectives, especially, theories of masculinities. Though important, these research findings may not resonate with the wider sport participants’ experiences of risk, pain and injury. In addition, since sociological investigations into non-Western women’s experiences of these issues are relatively rare, we explore middle-aged Chinese female table tennis players’ experiences of pain and injuries in the Aotearoa/New Zealand context. Data were collected in two table tennis clubs in Auckland, via a variety of qualitative methods, including participant observation, field notes and life-story interviews. We mainly adopt a non-Western philosophy, the Confucian concept of ren, to frame our theoretical lens for interpreting these participants’ experiences of pain and injury. Our findings reveal that the interweaving influences of age and ethnic and immigrant identities shaped participants’ experiences of pain, injury and sport. This research also illustrates how broader cultural dynamics can shape risk practices within a specific sporting culture.

Abdolghayoum Nematiniya: A Sociological Study of Baloch People in Geocultural Context

Borders and boundary studies have always been one of the most important issues in geopolitics. Border control in a country has always causes internal security and also stops or greatly reduces the possible problems between the country and its neighbors. This study provides the possibility of the existence of an ethnic minority across the both sides of a border to what extent the establishment of an ethnic minority in the border region which has sequences beyond the borders has effects on controlling the borders.
Geocultural sociology has to be considered as an important conceptual approach in decoding certain aspects of some societies. Baloch society is the case here in this study. The important point about geocultural sociology is that the people were divided because of the geopolitical history of the region of Balochistan, but this is merely a political region because the Baloch just across the borders are living in the same hills, valleys and region. So there is no geocultural division as they are attempting to keep themselves culturally integrated and whatever lost they have had to suffer historically by getting divided into different nations. They may be trying to restore, repair some of loses by more vocal culturally. In the present study, the results from establishment of a single ethnic group on the both sides of a border with the special case about Baloch people from Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan will be investigated. Therefore, the current paper is an attempt to discuss the behavior of Baloch society in a geocultural context.

Richey Wyver: Secrets and Lies: Eugenics, Race and International Transracial Adoption in Sweden

International transracial adoption is central to national myths of “Swedish goodness”, and to the idea of Sweden as a post-race nation of well-meaning (white) people. For this reason, adoption remains widely celebrated and unproblematised in Sweden, despite increasing questions around adoption ethics elsewhere, and the decline of the adoption industry globally. This presentation critically explores the unique nature of Swedish transracial adoption desire, looking at how the “colour-blind” fantasies of adoption are entwined with unspoken histories of colonialism, racism and eugenics. Drawing on imagery of adoptee bodies in literature, advertising and political campaigns, I discuss how the transracial adoptee body continues to be used in nation building and constructing white Swedishness. I suggest that the adoptee body carries the hidden histories and forbidden desires of a nation, and is used in fantasies of both white supremacy and of a progressive nation of good, well-intentioned non-racists.

Trudie Cain and Nicole Ashley: Living with difference: Material constructions of communitas

Globalisation has led to ever greater human mobility and greater ethnic, religious, linguistic, social and lifestyle diversity in many cities, including Tāmaki Makaurau. There is a growing body of international and local scholarship that investigates the question of how to ‘live with difference’ in these increasingly complex layers and forms of diversity and difference. But there is surprisingly little that focuses specifically on older adults (aged 65 and older) as they negotiate new patterns of difference in their everyday worlds. This paper draws on an ethnographically-inspired research project with migrant and non-migrant older adults living in a multiply diverse neighbourhood on Auckland’s North Shore. It builds on insights from the ‘material turn’ to examine how the home mediates social interactions and the making of community, bridging relational, spatial and temporal boundaries in the process.

Each presentation will be allocated 20 minutes. Additional time for questions and discussion will be available in each stream.

Thursday December 5, 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm NZDT
206-203 - Lecture Theatre 2

10:30am NZDT

Chair: Luke Goode

Steve Matthewman and Luke Goode: City of Quakes: Excavating the Future in Christchurch

The Canterbury earthquakes created the biggest urban renewal project in this country’s history. Consequently our oldest city – Christchurch – is also now our newest. The rebuild has witnessed frequent contestations over space, classic ‘right to the city’ arguments over who gets to access it and on what terms. As Christchurch progresses from recovery to regeneration, city debates increasingly incorporate a future orientation: what forms and functions should the future city perform? Thus contestations over time are now being layered upon existing spatialized disputes. These debates are classed, gendered, regional and generational. They are also racialized. In Te Ao Māori, the past is in front of us and the future is behind us. There are profound senses in which the future has already arrived for Māori. The preeminent debates on future-making in Christchurch include guardianship of the residential red zone, how to remove the city’s ‘territorial stigma’ following the March 15 terrorist attacks, and ways to enact intergenerational justice on climate change. As Ngāi Tahu have noted, their tūpuna were red zoned when the settlers came, they are not strangers to state terror, their settlement with the Crown was the culmination of a seven-generation struggle for justice. Finally, it is worth noting the ways in which Canterbury functions as a laboratory for an urban planet facing unprecedented environmental pressures. It is ground zero for the country’s water politics and frontline for a host of environmental hazards from droughts and wildfires to sea-level rise.

Michael Godhe: From ‘Preparedness for the Future’ to ‘Futures Literacy’: Some Critical Reflections

It is timely and encouraging that many actors from a range of fields and perspectives have rediscovered and developed critical perspectives on the future, spanning from NGOs to UNESCO’s ‘Anticipation Studies” with its focus on ‘Futures Literacy’. To be futures literate is “a capability” where the “futures literate person has acquired the skills needed to decide why and how to use their imagination to introduce the non-existent future in the present” (Miller 2018).
It is, however, important to ask questions about where ‘Futures Literacy’ will take us. In this paper, I’m doing a critical reading of ‘Futures Literacy’ through the lens of Critical Future Studies but also through a comparison with an older project for future awareness: ‘Preparedness for the Future’, initiated in 1979 by the government in Sweden. The project collected viewpoints of how school could provide a better preparedness for the future, with teachers, students, experts and public intellectuals as their informants.

Neal Curtis: Relational Imaginaries and Common Futures

Given so many of the problems we face are global and can therefore only have common or collective solutions it is essential for our future security and wellbeing that we imagine anew and reactivate old conceptions that speak to the primacy of our relations with others. Aside from environmental crisis, which requires a holistic approach and speaks to the inherent connectivity and co-dependency of all planetary life, we can also point to ontological crisis and the fragility of worlds or “ways of life”; existential crisis and the threat of terror; economic crisis and material precarity; and epistemological crisis in a media age described as post-truth. In response to these crises I will propose that in the place of the individualised subject of ontology we promote a fundamental being-with; that in place of existential fear we develop a profound conviviality; that we oppose the domination of the idios (private) in economic matters with an advocacy for the demos (public); and that against the catechistic media that preach tribal liturgies we recover the joint knowledge that is the etymological root of conscience. These issues are explored through the work of Martin Heidegger, Paul Gilroy, Judith Butler and others in an attempt to reinvigorate a radical trust that reveals the network of dependencies that underwrites every one of our daily actions.

Nick Lewis and John Morgan: On living in a ‘new’ country: New Zealand’s future imaginaries

Some nations are old. Paradoxically, cultural richness has in many given way to crumbling cultural formations and the contradictory social practices and imaginaries that cut across them. As Patrick Wright observes of England, trapped by its past it lacks the creative resources and political nuance to imagine and deliver progressive social futures. Other places, like New Zealand, feel young and full of possibilities. In this paper, we return to Raymond Williams’ elusive notion of a ‘structure of feeling’ to explore why this is so. As geographers and educators who would profess to be political economists increasingly shaped by the ‘cultural turns’ in our disciplines, we try to sort through the ‘raw material’ of political economy, popular texts and imagery in New Zealand and Britain to search for some ‘better stories’ (Grossberg, 2018) about probable, possible and preferable futures.

Julie MacArthur: Resituating of the Study of Environmental Politics and Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand

Environmental challenges sit at the heart of a series of intersecting crises facing citizens of countries around the world. The causes of these changes are systemic and complex, rooted in worldviews and practices that treat nature and much of humanity as objects to be exploited. New Zealand’s environmental politics and policy setting is both unique understudied, revealing significant gaps, particularly in texts used for undergraduate students. A Treaty-centred perspective is rarely placed centrally in environmental policy-making and decision-making in practice, despite the fact that language about Māori knowledge, interests and rights appears regularly in policy statements. Even less recognized is the need to understand how gendered structures of power shape how we think about environmental challenges and the actions we might take to address them. This chapter presents an introductory overview of a forthcoming edited collection on Environmental Politics and Policy in Aotearoa. We take a systemic view of environmental politics and governance, addressing the philosophical and ideational debates about who and what matters (both human and non-human), the political institutions that embed and enact these ideas, as well as how these both manifest in particular industrial (energy, mining) or biophysical (water, biodiversity) arenas.

Each presentation will be allocated 20 minutes. Additional time for questions and discussion will be available in each stream.

Thursday December 5, 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm NZDT
206-220 - Lecture Theatre 4

10:30am NZDT

Chair: Marko Galic 

Stella Pennell: Airbnb hosts: Time /space intensification and surplus meaning under conditions of platform capitalism

Time and space are social constructs that are experienced as intensified objective facts under conditions of digital platform capitalism where boundaries of digital and ‘real’ life are blurred. Digital technologies enable circulation without circulation time – a necessary tendency of capital according to Marx. For Airbnb hosts, engagement with Airbnb results in synchronic, rather than diachronic time, in which ‘now’ events detach the host from a sense of developing history, thus ensuring continued attachment to the platform. Drawing on interviews conducted with 28 Airbnb hosts in four regional tourists in Aotearoa New Zealand, this research demonstrates that Airbnb hosts experience dual intensification of time and space as a series of pressing ‘now’ moments which has both psychical and embodied impacts. These impacts combine to produce surplus meaning. Homes consist of materialities and immaterialities that influence the lived experience of space. Airbnb hosts experience home through a material, spatial sense as a resource able to be mined for monetary gain. Home is also as a site of immateriality which is imbued with affective meaning. Both the physicality and the affective meanings of home change under conditions of platform capitalism in unanticipated ways.

Kyle Matthews: Social Movements and the (Mis)-use of Data: Extinction Rebellion and the 3.5% Rule

The climate change movement Extinction Rebellion argues, from research on civil disobedience, for the ‘3.5% rule’. As presented it is simple maths: if you can mobilise 3.5% of the population in pursuit of a goal then you will always be successful. This has led Extinction Rebellion to focus on mass mobilisation of the population and disruption of capital cities instead of alternative strategies for change. However the data from which the 3.5% rule is drawn relates to the overthrow of autocratic regimes and resisting foreign invasions. While this research is significant, it is unclear whether it applies to Western liberal democratic climate change movements. This raises the question of whether a strategy of mass mobilization and nonviolent disruption is the most successful approach to changing the approach of liberal democracies to the climate crisis. My research not only challenges how research is used by Extinction Rebellion, but also asks how social movements use, transfer, understand, and misuse, research in their work, and what the implications are for academic-activist relationships.

Anthonia Uzoigwe: Food poverty on campus: Understanding the determinants of food insecurity in Aotearoa New Zealand

Hunger is a significant problem in the world, afflicting 821 million people, which represents 8% of the world’s population. The prevalence of food insecurity predisposes millions of people to precarious health conditions, such as malnourishment, child stunting and adult obesity. Food insecurity issues in New Zealand are well documented, and mostly focus on infants and young people. However, less has been documented about tertiary students’ experiences. Current data on food insecurity indicate a significant higher rate among students than the general population in developed countries. In New Zealand, existing research is devoid of literature that focuses exclusively on food insecurity in university campuses- tertiary students are perhaps enduring years of undocumented food insecurity. Given its potential impact, the empirical understanding of this issue is still far too limited, thus a vital focus of research. Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative enquiry-using survey, focus group discussion and interview-, this research will investigate the prevalence of campus food insecurity; document campus students’ experience of food insecurity and coping strategies; while also using documentary sources to analyse the determinants of food insecurity in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Maral Salmanpour: Fashion, the Ultimate Illusion: Buying In to the Ideology of Ethical Brands

This research examines how the idea of ‘ethical’ fashion perpetuates an exploitative system. This research examines the way ethical fashion brands use the skills and time of garment workers, and relabels commodities to expand and create further investment opportunities to generate profit. This practice is based on capitalist mechanisms that are unethical in the way they exploit workers. It argues that the fashion industry finds new ways to continue its domination and control of artisans and garment workers by commodifying the culture and crafts of marginalised communities. This commodification and appropriation is framed as an honourable practice but, in reality, it alienates indigenous cultures. Propaganda is spread by advertising collaborations with celebrities to enforce a hegemonic ideology through a philanthropic mask to elevate fair trade fashion in consumer society. Fashion uses crisis to generate panic, anxiety and feelings of guilt in consumers to manipulate consumer behaviour and stimulate the fetishisation of ethically labelled garments. Consumers are sold on the promise that poverty, exploitation and social and ecological problems will be positively changed through their consumption habits. This sedates the critical questioning of the fashion industry and offers consumers a convenient solution that enables them to continue to feed their consumerist desires, while reducing their feelings of guilt associated with ecological and social harms.

Each presentation will be allocated 20 minutes. Additional time for questions and discussion will be available in each stream.


Anthonia Uzoigwe

Doctoral candidate, University of Auckland
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Kyle Matthews

PhD candidate, University of Otago
My PhD is on 'Youth Activism in Aotearoa New Zealand: radicalism and the political constraints of neoliberalism'. Doing ethnographic work with young activists on how they conceptualise the strategies and tactics of social change and how 'radicalism' does or doesn't inform their w... Read More →

Maral Salmanpour

PhD Student, University of Auckland
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Stella Pennell

PhD student, Massey University
Phd student (sociology) Massey University. Research interest: Airbnb, platform capitalism, digital subjectivity, tourism

Thursday December 5, 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm NZDT
206-215 - Seminar Room 5

10:30am NZDT

Chair: Donna Baines

Ghodsi Izadi: New Zealand Children’s Participation In Policymaking to Alleviate Child Poverty

This study explores the extent to which children’s views are reflected in contemporary New Zealand policymaking processes focused on addressing child poverty. The current government is committed to centring children’s perspectives in policymaking efforts. Yet NZ and international research points to significant gaps between commitments to children’s participatory rights and realisation of these rights in practice, particularly for children from marginalised groups. To better understand this persistent slippage, this study analyses key policy documents related to the NZ Child Poverty Reduction Act (2018). The study methods include critical policy analysis and thematic analysis, informed interpretively by Policy Cycle Theory (Jann & Wegrich, 2007) and children’s participatory rights frameworks (Hanson, 2012). Emerging findings of the study illuminate three discourses that hinder children’s meaningful participation in policymaking processes: adult-driven power; vagueness; and lack of enforcement. The findings are relevant to efforts to enhance children’s meaningful, sustained participation in policy planning and implementation.

Gaylene Denford-Wood: A measure of wellbeing: New socio-poetic findings in social work settings

Social capital in the measurement of wellbeing ‘beyond GDP’ brings into focus key qualities of life. The Coalition Government’s (2019) Wellbeing Budget aims at tackling some of New Zealand’s long-term challenges, including mental health and wellbeing. What are the implications for education, health and social work? Renewal of morale in these sectors requires multi-faceted approaches. Schools have goals and wellbeing targets. Four elements are equally regarded: taha tinana (physical), taha hinengaro (mental and emotional), taha whanau (social), and taha wairua (spiritual), (Durie, 1994; Rix, 2017). To serve as positive role models, staff need to embody this hauora/wellbeing. One approach is to ameliorate stress by developing the capacity to live more positively in the present. Mindfulness is one evidence-based way. Connectedness, is key. A 2018 mindfulness study in an Australasian College of Education, Psychology and Social Work (Vice-Chancellor’s prize); using Heuristic Inquiry (N=6), found how connectedness (with self, others, environment etc.) can be readily accessed using a novel form of socio-poetic mindfulness. It supports the findings of traditional mindfulness researchers: To practise mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment, nonjudgmentally. The state of the human body is a source of knowledge as it explores the cognitive strength of one’s senses, emotions, and gestures, along with imagination, intuition and reasoning. The strength of socio- poetics (dos Santos and Gauthier, 2013) is in its artistic creativity in learning, knowing, researching and providing human care. This presentation highlights new understanding of how experience can come from the use of poetry—that Bochner (2000) deems poetic social science—and outlines new social work applications.

Each presentation will be allocated 20 minutes. Additional time for questions and discussion will be available in each stream.

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Gaylene Denford-Wood

Student, The Learning Connexion (TLC) School of Creativity and Art
I am developing creative ways to make my doctoral research in the workshops I run, more accessible, user-friendly and fun.
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Ghodsi Izadi

PhD student, Lecturer in Research Principles at NZSAO, Children\'s Book Author, The University of Auckland; The School of Acupuncture And Traditional Chinese Medicine
I am pursuing my full-time PhD programme at the Faculty of Education and Social Work in the University of Auckland. I am conducting my research in the field of Child Poverty and involving children (as active citizens) in the processes of policy-making around child poverty particularly... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm NZDT
206-209 - Lecture Theatre 3

12:30pm NZDT

Thursday December 5, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm NZDT

1:30pm NZDT

BREAKOUT SESSION SIX: Gender & Sexuality
Chair: Ciara Cremin 

Helen Gremillion & Catherine Powell: Evaluating Efforts to Promote Diverse Sexuality and Gender Inclusivity at a Tertiary Institution

This presentation reports on findings from a mixed-method, utilisation-focused evaluation of an education workshop on diverse sexuality and gender (DSG) inclusivity offered at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Workshop completion enables participants to make a public commitment to DSG inclusivity by joining Unitec’s ALLY Network. A questionnaire was designed to ascertain whether workshop participation achieves the following outcomes: increased awareness of systemic discrimination, and greater confidence to act in ways that promote DSG inclusion. The study also draws on findings from semi-structured interviews with current ALLY members. Data analysis included testing the statistical significance of differences between participants’ responses to pre-workshop questions and their responses to identical questions posed post workshop (these questions were answered using Likert scales). Narrative data were analysed thematically. Findings indicate that the ALLY workshop is effective in achieving its goals. Emergent themes highlight areas of significant learning and growth for workshop participants as well as particularly valuable workshop practices and conditions. This study addresses a gap in the literature on evaluations of DSG diversity education, and provides evidence supporting the continuation – and the informed, potential expansion – of a unique initiative within a New Zealand tertiary provider.

Craig Prichard: Putting ‘Dora’ in the business school; an outline of hysterical business education and research

Freud’s ‘Dora’ was, to put it colloquially, a real pain! In the famous case history of the anxious, seemingly suicidal, 18-year-old, ‘Dora’ undermines the wishes of her father, rebuffs the sexual advances of her father’s friend, and breaks off relations with her analyst, Freud, when it suits her. She refuses to play the sexualized, patriarchal game and leads all three men into intense feelings of helplessness. The hysterical subject that emerges is not ill. Rather, the hysteric is a function of the sexualized patriarchal relations, identities and knowledge of the time. In Seminar XVII (1970) Lacan systematizes the hysteric as one of two discourses of resistance that confront the discourses of the university and the master. Some would claim that much of current social science is driven by a hysterical subject whom continuously challenges contemporary sexualized patriarchal traditions, methods and assumptions. But the contrary can be easily demonstrated. Far from being the home of hysterical social science, contemporary universities, and particularly the university’s business schools, are home to the dull alienated servants of debt-based finance capitalism that backs the 1 percent and underwrites, what seems to be, inevitable environmental ruin. By way of a counterpoint, I present in this paper a form of hysterical business education, research and service work that not only, like ‘Dora’, generates intense (but productive!) feelings of helplessness among traditional managers and business school academics, but supports contending forms of engagement with contemporary economic and political relations and processes.

Alice Beban and Trudie Cain: Reflections on staff-student pedagogy

Designing and teaching courses through a partnership approach “remains countercultural in most institutions of higher education”, but it is a form of action that can affirm and empower those involved, foster a sense of belonging, support staff in generative reflection, and “contribute to the evolution of an institution into a place where members of the community feel a meaningful connection” (Cook-Sather, forthcoming; see also Jafar, 2016). This paper reflects on the presenters’ experiences co-designing an undergraduate course on gender with a group of staff, students and community members at Massey University. We consider the extent to which our practice of ‘staff-student pedagogy’ reflected feminist ideals of collaboration, partnership and reflexivity, and produced a course that better accounts for how people experience gender in their everyday worlds. But we also consider the challenges of partnering with a gender-diverse group of contributors in ways that creates space for all voices, fosters new knowledge, and produces coherence across the course.

Steve Scott: The Diary of an Hysteric: business education, the Self & other oxymorons

All writing is fiction. Organisations are also a fiction. I’m a fiction. Everything is just a collection of stories. My PhD is a fictional journal. It is also a work of narrative therapy. I am trying to work out why I want to drive a bulldozer through the business school. I am also trying to work out why I don’t fit within organisations – even though, on paper, I am their guy: the quintessential educated, white, middle-class male. I am, of course, Lacan’s hysteric. This puts me in an interesting position. I am in an overtly masculine department – Management. I am a heterosexual male. Yet, I feel compelled to write from the predominantly feminine position of the hysteric. By rejecting the dry, pseudo-scientific writing that has become the mainstay of business education and, instead, adopting hysterical, fictional prose, I believe, greater insights about business education, and the Self, can be achieved. This paper will not simply discuss this, it will demonstrate it through embodying this philosophy.

Each presentation will be allocated 20 minutes. Additional time for questions and discussion will be available in each stream.

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Craig Prichard

A/P, Massey U
Sheep milk, seaweed, oceans, performative research
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Helen Gremillion

Associate Professor, Unitec Institute of Technology
Helen Gremillion is an Associate Professor of Social Practice at Unitec Institute of Technology, in Auckland. She is also Research Professional Development Liaison in Unitec's Research and Enterprise Office. Her research and teaching interests include feminist theories and gender... Read More →
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Steve Scott

My PhD - in progress.My thesis is presented as a fictional exploration of the Self and business education via narrative therapy & hysterical inquiry. Within this text, I meet and converse with a number of individuals. These minor characters should be read for what they are: twisted... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm NZDT
206-217 - Seminar Room 6

1:30pm NZDT

Session Chair: Luke Oldfield

Piper Rodd: The end of the social contract: Public perceptions of post-school options in two disadvantaged communities

Australia’s enthusiastic embrace of neoliberalism, privileging profit-making to the exclusion of all else, has significantly eroded the social contract and radically diminished equality of opportunity and wealth distribution in society. The changed nature of work, characterised increasingly by precariousness and the imperative of business to place demands on the individual to be agile, adapting to the whims of capital, requires that young people remain circumspect and ever vigilant about their skills and education. The notion that a collective society might be responsible for young people has shifted to one that dictates narrow individual responsibility in all things. Individuals service the economy, rather than society ensuring that all of its members are provided for on the basis of their need. This paper discusses select aspects of recent research undertaken in two communities popularly characterised by their human diversity and class disadvantage, examining community members’ perceptions of post-school pathways for higher education, training and work. This research contributes to the growing body of literature that documents the especial precarity of young people in an insecure world of work, for it is young workers who ‘experience labour market insecurity most directly and forcefully’ (Carney & Stanford, 2018, p. 1), arguing that the social contract has disappeared, unknown to a generation for whom society has vanished.

Lara Greaves: How Low Can We Go? Declining Survey Response Rates over Time

Survey research relies on having a reasonable response rate, but survey response rates appear to be decreasing over time. This paper explores response rate data from several national probability sample surveys, drawn from the electoral roll, that have taken place over the past 30 years, including the New Zealand Election Study, the International Social Survey Programme, the New Zealand edition of the World Values Study, and the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study. The aim of the work is to document the scale of the response rate decline problem. We find that response rates in the early 1990s were as high as 73%, before dropping to around 60% at the turn of the century. The downward trend intensified with time, as response rates effectively halved from their early 90s rates by 2015 (the 30% range). We compare the results to internal equivalent studies, the general decline in New Zealand voter enrolment, voter turnout, and national census response rates. The paper demonstrates that there has been a consistent downward trend and leaves us with the question of how long this will be able to continue until we turn to alternative methods.

Ludger Benighaus: Public participation at an early stage in Finland, Germany and Spain

The authors will present the project INFACT on innovative exploration technologies that started in 2017, and will focus on the integrated part of stakeholder process which has taken place Europe-wide and at three reference sites in South of Spain, East of Germany and in North of Finland. The process of stakeholder involvement aimed at informing and engaging with public about the research on mineral exploration and the data acquisition campaign with helicopter and ground geophysics. Results show that this intense information and feedback process led to high acceptance and positive attitude in the reference regions, and a huge interest among the population for upcoming research activities. In 2019, as part of another data acquisition campaign with drones and ground geophysics, the researchers will conduct a new dialogue with the stakeholders and interact with locals. The authors will show “lessons learned” when engaging with society and discuss how important information, active involvement and an intensive feedback is at an early stage of mineral exploration and mining. This presentation will contribute to the academic debate in sociology concerning the topics of public perception, public acceptance and their factors, as well as public participation in the area of resources.

Duncan Law & Nicole Pepperell: Lesser Leviathans: Elinor Ostrom and the limits of communitarianism

Elinor Ostrom’s work has established an influential research programme in the study of local, polycentric, self-organising commons governance communities. This research programme has both an analytic and a normative dimension - for some scholars, the appeal of Ostrom’s approach lies in the emancipatory political possibilities suggested by communitarian ‘Ostromian’ institutions. In this paper we argue that Ostrom’s work offers crucial insights and resources in this area - but that Ostrom’s analytic framework also has two significant shortcomings. First, Ostrom’s game-theoretic toolkit is unable easily to accommodate institutions that do not exhibit consensus about their structuring rules. Second, Ostrom’s framework is for this reason poorly suited to the normative study of discord and oppression within commons governance institutions. We argue that the Ostromian research programme would benefit from more systematic study of conflict and coercion within the commons, and we offer a note of caution about concluding too quickly that emancipatory outcomes are the most likely result of enacting Ostromian institutions.

Each presentation will be allocated 20 minutes. Additional time for questions and discussion will be available in each stream.

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Ludger Benighaus

Researcher and project manager, Dialogik
Kia Ora,would love to talk with conference attendees about a research project I am working for: www.infactproject.eu. It is about Mineral exploration and mining with an approach of public engagement (Europe).My two presentations at the SAANZ Conference:1. Citizens’ survey on reputation... Read More →
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Luke Oldfield

PhD Candidate, University of Auckland

Piper Rodd

Lecturer, Deakin University

Thursday December 5, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm NZDT
206-215 - Seminar Room 5

1:30pm NZDT

Chair: Steve Matthewman

Tan Bee tin: Acting for the future: Promoting creativity through pedagogic tasks

Future studies ‘must become acting for the future’ (Masini, 2006, p. 1166). As Alan Kay (1971) notes, ‘the best way to predict the future is to invent it.’ The goal of education programmes is to develop in our learners key attributes of future-oriented individuals. Creativity is a vital capacity which will help us ‘go beyond the crisis of the future’, ‘cope with postnormal times’ and uncertain futures (Montuori, 2011). ‘The complex questions of the future will not be solved ‘by the book’, but by creative, forward-looking individuals and groups’ (Dawson, 2011, p.6). Creativity (the ability to produce new, valuable ideas) is important for solving ill-defined problems with unknown solutions. Despite the burgeoning interest in the value of creativity, we have a poor understanding concerning the implementation of creativity in pedagogical practice. Creativity is often misunderstood to be associated with the arts, freedom and choices. This talk explores how creativity can be developed through pedagogic tasks with particular reference to language learning contexts. In addition to developing language proficiency, language learning tasks develop additional learning outcomes such as social values, attitudes and cognitive abilities. The issues discussed are of relevance for other pedagogic programmes, helping learners to act for the future.

Carisa Showden: Activism, Social Media, and Neoliberalism: What’s shifted, and what hasn’t?

This presentation offers a preliminary analysis of interview and participant observation data from an on-going study Putting Hope into Action: What Inspires and Sustains Young People’s Engagement in Social Movements. Our team of researchers is working with six activist groups led by or comprised entirely of New Zealand activists aged (roughly) 18-29. I will explore how the social and political opportunities of our current moment facilitate collective action by young activists engaged in climate change, anti-sexual assault, and indigenous rights activism. More specifically, I look at how the internet—particularly social media—assists or hinders offline activism. This discussion is situated in the social movement studies literature concerning slacktivism (or clicktivism) and worries it dilutes or inhibits embodied, offline protests. Our initial observations reveal that these concerns are overblown. What we see instead is a shift in what it means to call oneself an activist, leading me to question if this change arises because of the combined effects of social media and neoliberal rhetoric. In this presentation, I will explore this intersection and its implications for activism aimed at a more just and hope-filled future, asking whether and how online organising and community-building opportunities have fundamentally shifted how activism happens.

Jay Marlowe: Transnational settlement futures: Forced migration and social media

The rapid proliferation and availability of information communication technologies – particularly the smart phone and social media – herald new ways that refugees can remain connected across distance. With more than 70 million people forcibly displaced globally, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees acknowledges the potential of these tools to ‘digitally reunite’ proximate and distant networks. Whilst there is dislocation, there is also the possibility of connection. Numerous sites of displacement now have access to 2G and 3G digital coverage. These opportunities for communication effectively create a bridge, at times a lifeline, between ‘here’ and ‘there’. Applications such as Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp and SnapChat can reunite families and friends and support various flows that are social, cultural, political and financial. Such connections have the potential to transform settlement futures as people maintain significant and ongoing relationships with their transnational networks. I present a sequential mixed method design comprising a one year digital ethnography with 15 people from refugee backgrounds and a subsequent national survey about how refugees use social media in New Zealand. Drawing on Vertovec’s work on the social organisation of difference, I articulate what transnational interaction represents for refugee settlement futures within an increasingly, but unevenly, mobile world.

Suzanne Woodward: Digisexuality, Erotobotics and the Future of Intimacy

Cybersexual developments are challenging many of our social concepts – intimacy, fidelity, monogamy, sexuality, consent, virginity – and none more so than sex robots. While we might be tempted to see robots as ‘relational artifacts’ (Turkle, 2006) rather than true partners, the tendency to project human emotions and needs onto them, and the growing number of people in digisexual relationships, is raising significant and complex questions about robots’ roles, rights and responsibilities in society. If tabloid coverage of sexbot developments is to be believed, traditional social institutions such as marriage, family, and parenthood are already at risk. Is it possible to have a genuine dyadic relationship between a human and a robot, or is a relationship with a sex robot a form of auto-eroticism? The concept of intimacy is complicated, and encompasses a range of relationships, from romantic partnership to community, but generally depends on mutual responsiveness, subjectivity, and emotional reciprocity. What conditions would need to be met for a robot to consent and engage in an intimate relationship? In what ways are sex robots challenging social institutions, or are they being designed to conform?

Each presentation will be allocated 20 minutes. Additional time for questions and discussion will be available in each stream.


Carisa Showden

Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland
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Jay Marlowe

Associate Professor, University of Auckland
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Suzanne Woodward

PTF, University of Auckland

Thursday December 5, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm NZDT
206-203 - Lecture Theatre 2

1:30pm NZDT

Chair: Bruce Cohen

Bruce Curtis: Initial results from an attitudinal study of academic staff in the humanities and social sciences

The presentation will provide some initial findings from an online study of academic staff in the humanities and social sciences of New Zealand universities. The humanities and social sciences are defined primarily as covered by the PBRF panels: Social Sciences, Humanities and Law, Education, and Maori and Pacific. The study is an attempt at a census and all 1771 staff identified as belonging to the humanities and social sciences were invited to take part. Email addresses were drawn from the calendars of New Zealand Universities. Decisions around the inclusion / exclusion of staff relating to some university units (e.g Commercial Law, and Environment were decided after looking at individual staff pages. The study seeks to reproduce a mail-based approach in 2004 (Curtis and Matthewman, 2005).

Edgar A Burns and Adam Rajčan: Redefining Sociology Doctoral Writing: Producing Articles and Chapters During PhD

We suggest re-conceptualising of sociology doctoral research culture and knowledge production practices. We use as our starting point work done on writing for publication during sociology PhD study in New Zealand and now Australia. We go from this empirical material to think about different experiences and levels of research output activity by PhD students. Writing outputs from published research outputs achieved during the period of students’ doctoral enrolment is interrogated here beyond simply publications counted. What innovative possibilities in social science disciplines, such as thesis by publication and industry PhDs could add to existing practices. A simple typology recognises students variation in writing productivity. What does this means for the writing experiences and expectations of individual students; of students in different departmental cultures; and what different roles colleagues and supervisors play in this process?

Kellie Bousfield and Jacquie Tinkler: “Can you not afford a proper math’s teacher?”: Institutionalised Individualisation, Standardised Testing, and the Decline of Teacher Status

Teacher status is measured by social standing, career desirability, remuneration, trust, and autonomy. The status of teaching impacts teacher recruitment, retention, job satisfaction, performance, and importantly, student outcomes. Internationally, there has been ongoing concern about low teacher status. Extant research in Australia, however, has focused on remuneration, a lack of professional autonomy, and an increasingly standardised curricula as key contributing factors. This research, however, considers the negative impact of standardised testing on teacher status. Nation-wide standardised testing was introduced in Australia as a direct effort to improve educational outcomes. Improvements would come, government argued, by making teachers accountable, to parents, through publicised results. Ten years since its introduction, however, results have not improved, and teachers have been left feeling both undermined and undervalued by these examinations. Utilising Beck’s theory of institutionalised individualisation, and findings from qualitative interviews with parents of students undertaking standardised testing, this research demonstrates how a government policy of standardised testing, and subsequent student performance data generated for parental consumption, undermines teacher status. Specifically, standardised testing, as a policy designed to promote individual choices and private solutions for children’s schooling through parental initiative, sees teachers framed not as competent professionals but as an educational risk parents must guard against.

Bonnie-Estelle Trotter-Simons: Music as critical theory: Exploring intersectional ontoepistemologies

I am interested in exploring what it means to study music in order to conceptualize radical vulnerability and performative ontologies (Nagar, 2018; Jones & McRae, 2011). Further, I illustrate considerations for how this might be done methodologically from an intersectional feminist standpoint. Speaking about sociology of music and feminist literature on embodied theory and reciprocal praxis, I will present on the ways I am conceptualizing musical performance and understanding the role of knowing in being as it relates to performance. I briefly discuss some examples to illustrate my discussion, Angela Davis' analysis of the performances of Billie Holliday and Aghoro's conceptualisation of agentic Afrofuturist ontologies in the music of Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae. I will comment on broad enquiries about what a critical intersectional feminist study of music may offer to theorising radical ways of being with and within the world.

Each presentation will be allocated 20 minutes. Additional time for questions and discussion will be available in each stream.


Edgar A Burns

Chair of Integrated Catchment Management, University of Waikato
Sociology of professions and expertise; book just published.New role about sociology of water and land.
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Kellie Bousfield

Associate Head of School/Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
I work primarily in the sociology of education. My research interests include education policy, equity, education for democracy, and standardised testing.

Thursday December 5, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm NZDT
206-201 - Lecture Theatre 1

1:30pm NZDT

Chair: Liz Beddoe

Eileen Joy and John Darroch: Social work- a non-violent profession?

This presentation will critically interrogate the social work profession’s commitment to non-violence. We start out by troubling the binary between violent and non-violent actions and discuss how this can obscure both the structural and the interpersonal elements of violence. In using a Foucauldian lens we will interrogate how certain ‘violences’ are normalised (those used in state child protection and justice work) and sanitised while others are pathologized. It is posited that there is a fundamental contradiction between the professed commitments of social work, and thus social workers, and many of the functions we are tasked with carrying out. We ask whether it is even possible for social workers to work within these institutions. We conclude that when social work is done in a compromised system (and even society) then we need to accept, and challenge the commitment to non-violence and move away from a binaried understanding of this.

Liz Beddoe: Where’s feminism gone? The silence of social work about reproductive justice

The IFSW definition of social work includes a commitment to social justice and human rights. Despite a rights perspective, abortion remains on the margins of social work curriculum, research, advocacy and practice. Recently, a plethora of social movements have mobilised in the quest for decriminalisation in democratic nations: signalling a shift towards reproductive justice.
In this presentation we explore the role of social work in campaigns to remove abortion from criminal codes (in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand) while agitating for improved abortion access, as a key determinant of women’s rights and overall wellbeing. We found only a handful of social work activists. The profession as a whole has been largely silent on abortion rights. We explore this apparent lethargy and indifference to reproduction as a feminist issue for social work in Aotearoa and argue we must disrupt the profession’s gender blindness and make explicit its commitment to reproductive justice.

Sarah Epstein, Sevi Vassos and Norah Hosken: Social work education, research and practice from a feminist critical perspective: Collaboration as socially just practice

This paper presents lessons we (the authors) have learnt in our attempt to establish a feminist critical research and teaching collaboration within a university-based social work education program. The collaboration, called Critical Edge Women (CrEW), interrogates women’s varied experiences of engaging with power relations whilst attempting to embody a socially-just pedagogy and practice within the neoliberal academy. The assumptions grounding our work emerge from two separate, yet interconnected positions: First, our own understandings as feminist social work educators who espouse relational teaching and learning processes. Second, our commitment to privileging women’s experiences (as diverse as they are) in all our research and advocacy efforts. This presentation offers insights into addressing the nexus between social work education, research and practice for social justice from a feminist critical perspective.

Stephanie Kelly & Abbie Ranui: Crafting relationship with Tangata Whaiora through practice: The craftsmanship of the mental health support worker

In 1973, the seminal sociologist C. Wright Mills wrote about craftsmanship and the meaning of work. He described craftsmanship as a state of daily work which is meaningful because the daily work is not detached in the worker's mind from the product of the work. For Mills the craftsperson sees the place of their part in the whole process of work, and thus understands the meaning of their exertion in terms of that whole. If work, in some of its phases, has ‘the taint of travail and vexation and mechanical drudgery’, the craftsman manages these junctures by awareness and anticipation of a satisfying product.
Qualitative research conducted with six residential mental health support workers in Aotearoa New Zealand suggests that unlike other clinical roles where practice is more rules bound, the residential mental health support worker crafts a relationship with tangata whaiora through the intimate nature of daily practical tasks in all their travail, vexation and mechanical drudgery. The mental health support worker does this using the practice skills of observation, responsiveness, experience and time, to both guide practice and maintain the relationship with tangata whaiora, bringing immense meaning to their work. This meaning making is felt and experienced, non-discursive, and always intentional. While other health and social service work becomes increasingly bound by neoliberal risk management, compliance, competencies, and reporting, the non-professionalized mental health support worker continues the art of craftsmanship. We present the findings of how these workers craft the relationship, meaning and practice, and suggest that policy moves to shift this role toward further professionalization may have an impact on what may be one of the last social service crafts in our neoliberal times.

Each presentation will be allocated 20 minutes. Additional time for questions and discussion will be available in each stream.

Thursday December 5, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm NZDT
206-209 - Lecture Theatre 3

3:30pm NZDT

Thursday December 5, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm NZDT

4:00pm NZDT

KEYNOTE: Beverley Mullings
Caliban, Social Reproduction and Our Future Yet to Come

What can historical and contemporary labour geographies from the Caribbean tell us about social reproduction in a world of automation, free market fundamentalism and climate change? I argue in this paper that juxtaposing 18th century Caribbean labour geographies, with the current moment where free-market fundamentalisms, labour eradicating technologies and environmental disasters are producing of new categories of disposable and de-humanized labour, offers ways of thinking about reproduction within capitalist systems that overcome the traditional separation of social reproduction from economic production. I begin this paper with Caliban – the not-quite-human character in Shakespeare’s Tempest, who symbolized not only the condition of the oppressed Indigenous and enslaved Africans in capitalism’s early formation, but also, the spirit of refusal to be placed outside modernity, in order to recover the practices through which Caribbean racialized populations have forged lives and livelihoods within landscapes of restricted possibilities within capitalism. Set in the context of the increasing number of people living in varying states of abandonment and premature death where fewer people will be able to maintain themselves as social, emotional, and intellectual beings on a daily and intergenerational basis, this paper offers a number of provocations and ruminations that aim to: 1) unsettle the theoretical separation of social reproduction from economic production 2) introduce insights into labour geographies beyond the worlds of formal organized labour and the formal economy itself 3) situate the Caribbean as a space of theory making that offers lessons for futures yet to come and 4) draw attention to the possibilities and perils of emerging labour geographies that seek to recover the human within the grammar of free markets.

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Professor Beverley Mullings

Queen’s University, Canada

Thursday December 5, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm NZDT
201N-346 - HSB1

5:00pm NZDT

Thursday December 5, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm NZDT
206-203 - Lecture Theatre 2

5:00pm NZDT

6:00pm NZDT

Bus to Ferry Terminal
Thursday December 5, 2019 6:00pm - 6:00pm NZDT

7:30pm NZDT

Conference Dinner
Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30pm - 7:30pm NZDT
Goldie Estate