Dr Julia Cook is a Lecturer in Societies, Cultures and Human Services at the University of Newcastle. Her research interests include the sociology of youth, time and housing, and her most recent research addresses Australian young adults' pathways into home ownership, focusing particularly on the role of intergenerational transfers in facilitating entry into the property market. She co-convenes the Sociology of Youth thematic group in The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and is on the editorial board of the journal Time & Society. She recently published her first book Imagined Futures: Hope, Risk and Uncertainty (Palgrave, 2018).
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne
sociology of time
Fields of Research
Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
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Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science Australia
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Cook J, Imagined Futures Hope, Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, 141 (2018)
Wyn J, Cuervo H, Cook J, 'Expanding theoretical boundaries from youth transitions to belonging and new materiality', Youth, Place and Theories of Belonging 12-24 (2019)
© 2020 selection and editorial matter, Sadia Habib and Michael R. M. Ward. This chapter draws on a longitudinal study of young Australians to analyse the spatial dimensions of you...
© 2020 selection and editorial matter, Sadia Habib and Michael R. M. Ward. This chapter draws on a longitudinal study of young Australians to analyse the spatial dimensions of youth transitions through the concept of belonging. It argues that new materialist approaches provide a useful resource for moving beyond transitions frameworks. Focussing on the materiality of everyday events in young adults¿ lives, the authors show how young people¿s transitions are formed over time within networks of relationships with people, places and objects. They conclude that, when understood in this way, the concept of belonging becomes a useful tool for gaining insight into the relationship between biography and history in young people¿s lives.
Cahill H, Cook J, 'From Life-course Expectations to Societal Concerns: Seeking Young Adults Perspectives on Generational Narratives', YOUNG, 110330881982569-110330881982569 (2019)
Cook J, Cuervo H, 'Agency, futurity and representation: Conceptualising hope in recent sociological work', The Sociological Review, 67 1102-1117 (2019) [C1]
Cook J, Woodman D, 'Belonging and the Self as Enterprise: Place, Relationships and the Formation of Occupation-Based Identities', SOCIOLOGIA RURALIS, (2019)
Woodman D, Cook J, 'The new gendered labour of synchronisation: Temporal labour in the new world of work', Journal of Sociology, 55 762-777 (2019) [C1]
© The Author(s) 2019. Research considering how time is organised has shown that women tend to carry a disproportionate burden of coordinating the schedules of their households. Ho...
© The Author(s) 2019. Research considering how time is organised has shown that women tend to carry a disproportionate burden of coordinating the schedules of their households. However, little research has considered how these gendered inequalities may manifest in the context of the shift away from ¿standard¿ work patterns and towards variable and non-standard hours. We address this question by using interview and digital data to consider how a selection of ¿ordinary¿ Australian young adults in heterosexual partnerships manage and coordinate their time. We contend that even for middle-class young adults with relatively high employment security, increasingly complex working arrangements are shifting existing inequalities in gendered divisions of temporal labour in ways that heighten feelings of temporal insecurity. We conceptualise our findings as part of an intensification of the existing need to schedule and manage lives that is widely felt in the so-called ¿gig economy era¿, even by those removed from gig work proper.
Fu J, Cook J, 'Browsing for Cunzaigan on WeChat: Young People's Social Media Presence in Accelerated Urban China', YOUNG, (2019)
Kosovac A, Davidson B, Malano H, Cook J, 'The varied nature of risk and considerations for the water industry: A review of the literature', Environment and Natural Resources Research, 7 80-86 (2017)
Cook J, ' How much do I want the apocalypse to happen and just wipe this all clean? : The use of apocalyptic narratives by non-religious youth', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 30 52-72 (2017)
Cook J, 'Young people's strategies for coping with parallel imaginings of the future', TIME & SOCIETY, 25 700-717 (2016)
Cook J, 'Young adults' hopes for the long-term future: from re-enchantment with technology to faith in humanity', JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES, 19 517-532 (2016)
Cook J, Hasmath R, 'The discursive construction and performance of gendered identity on social media', CURRENT SOCIOLOGY, 62 975-993 (2014)
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1 grants / $12,353
Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Dr David Farrugia (Lead), Prof Penny Burke, Dr Julia Cook, Dr Steven Threadgold and Prof Pam Nilan
Strategic Network and Pilot Project Grants Scheme
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