BWC (Hons – La Trobe), PhD (La Trobe)
Membership of professional associations
The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
Area of study
Sara is a cultural sociologist; she is particularly interested in the ways in which people find meaning in a secular society. Her research is concerned with identity, narrative, disenchantment and authenticity. Her recent book Making a Living, Making a Life draws on in-depth interviews to investigage the significance of work in the lives of individuals, with a focus on vocation and the work ethic. Sara also undertakes research in higher education pedagogy, with a particular focus on the first year experience and student engagement.
Religion and Society
- Secularisation and the search for meaning
Urban Sociology and Community Studies
- Sociology of Culture
- HUS1FAS - Rethinking Our Humanity
- HUS1TEN - Ideas that Shook the World
- James, S. 2017, Making a Living, Making a Life: Work, Meaning and Self Identity, Abingdon, Routledge.
- James, S. 2016, 'An urban workshop? Why office workers want to make 'real' things.' The Conversation, 18 May 2016.
- James, S. 2015, 'Finding your passion: Work and the authentic self', M/C Journal, 18(1).
- Schurholz, H., Midford, S., Roemhild, J. and James, S. 2015, ‘Lifting the Learning Curve: Personal Academic Training in La Trobe University Arts Foundation Subjects’ STARS 2015 Conference Proceedings, 1-4 July 2015.
- Hookway, N. and James, S. 2015, 'Authentic lives, authentic times: A cultural and media analysis', M/C Journal, 18(1).
- Furze, B., Savy, P., Webb, R., James, S., Petray, T., Brym, R., and Lie, J. 2014, Sociology in today's world, 3rd edn, South Melbourne, Cengage.
- James, S. 2013, 'Bauman's "sensation gatherers' and the significance of work today: Three Australian case studies', TASA 2013 Conference Proceedings, 25-28 November 2013 1 , pp. 1-10.
- James, S. 2012, 'Hard yakka: what's the work ethic really worth?' The Conversation, 26 September 2012.