Staff profile - Andrew Singleton

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Aprof Andrew Singleton

Position: Associate Professor in Sociology and Social Research
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92443980 +61 3 92443980
Email: andrew.singleton@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Andrew is one of Australia's leading sociologists of religion. His research interests include spirituality, youth religion, new religious movements, global Christianity, secularisation, non-religion, religious change, religious movements in the Global South. Andrew has presented and published extensively in these areas both nationally and internationally. He is author of Religion, Culture and Society: A Global Approach (Sage 2014) and The Spirit of Generation Y: Young People’s Spirituality in a Changing Australia (with M. Mason & R. Webber, Garrett Publications, 2007). He is a skilled quantitative and qualitative researcher and specialises in mixed-method projects.

Andrew is a multi award-winning educator, has contributed chapters to edited collections and supervised many Masters and PhD theses in the sociology of religion, as well as gender studies, health and media. He currently teaches social research methods (qual. and quant.) including SPSS


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Monash University, 1994
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2000


Academic

Subjects and units currently teaching

AIX707: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

AIX708: QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH

ASC250: SOCIAL RESEARCH: AN INTRODUCTION


Expertise categories

Expertise summary

Religion in Australia: all aspects; Religious change internationally

Knowledge areas

Sociology of religion: spirituality, youth religion, new religious movements, global Christianity, secularisation, non-religion, religious change, religious movements in the Global South
Gender: men, masculinity, gender and the media
Research methods: quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods.


Student supervision

Andrew is a highly  experienced, qualified Postgraduate supervisor and has successfully supervised to completion 17 postgraduate students on a wide variety of topics. These are:

Postgraduate completions:
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
SINCLAIR, JENNIFER (From mastery to mysticism)
2007 50% JOINT SUPERVISOR

DUNCAN, DUANE ROBERT (The gay male body: body image dissatisfaction, identity and reflexive embodiment amongst gay men)
2008 51% MAIN SUPERVISOR

SEEAR, KATHRYN LEIGH (Gynaecological governance: femininity, responsibility and self-care among women with endometriosis)
2008 50% JOINT SUPERVISOR

SMILOVITIS, ROBIN ELIZABETH (Unwinding transnational threads: missionary transmigrants and transnational religious connections)
2008 50% JOINT SUPERVISOR

MCCORMACK, JOHN GREGORY ('Listen, Jesus, they are playing our song': a sociological study of worship music in Melbourne's megachurches)
2009 52% MAIN SUPERVISOR

DIXON, ROBERT EDWARD (The Work Of Pastoral Associates:  A Study Of Lay Parish Pastoral workers in The Archdiocese Of Melbourne)
2010 25% ASSOCIATE SUPERVISOR

ELYSE RIDER (The Interfaith Ecology Movement)
2012 25% ASSOCIATE SUPERVISOR

BAINES, CHARLOTTE (A Neutral State? Constitutional, Legal and Historical Aspects of Church-State Relations in Australia)
2013 50% MAIN SUPERVISOR

PRABASMORO, TISNA (Globalised Football Fandom: Identity of Viking, Persib Bandung Supporters)
2014 50% MAIN SUPERVISOR

WALING, ANDREA (The Aussie Man: An investigation of the local and global mythmaking and the contemporary Australian male)
2013 50% MAIN SUPERVISOR

KELLY, MICHAEL (Queer Flame of Love: Re-imagining the Christian Mystical Tradition in Light of the Experience of Contemporary Gay Men)
2014 25% ASSOCIATE SUPERVISOR

MASTER OF ARTS:
FONG, MARIA (‘Has anyone heard the one about …?’: A sociological study of urban legends
in conversation)
2004 100% MAIN SUPERVISOR

JOYCE, BRENDA MAUREEN (Civil wedding ceremonies in contemporary Australia : secular or sacred?)
2007 25% ASSOCIATE SUPERVISOR

ABRAHAM, IBRAHIM BAHIGE ('A very complex mix': Hegemony, hybridity and the queer Muslim question)
2008 50% JOINT SUPERVISOR

RACHMAD HIDAYAT  (Masculinities, Islam and Domestic Violence in Java)
2009 50% JOINT SUPERVISOR

GOFF, RACHEL (Exiting Exodus: Narratives of Gay Christians)
2012 90% MAIN SUPERVISOR

BARRETT, TIM (Friendships Between Men Across Sexual Orientation: The Interpersonal Management of Sexual Difference)
2013 50% JOINT SUPERVISOR

Honours Supervision. Andrew has supervised 24 Honours students to successful completion. He has supervised 5 winners of the Anne Edwards Prize for best thesis in Sociology at Monash University: Katherine Wright in 2005; Alice Wright in 2006; Tamlin Gorter in 2008; Kim Lam and Eufai Chan in 2010.


Awards

Awards and prizes

• Monash Faculty of Arts Award for Teaching Excellence (2012)
• Monash Dean’s Teaching Award (2008)
• Monash Faculty of Arts  Dean’s Commendation of Excellence in Teaching for outstanding teaching in unit SCY 4540 (2008)
• Monash Faculty of Arts  Dean’s Commendation for Excellent Results in Unit Evaluation for units SCY 2460/3460 (2010).


Research

Research interests

Sociology of religion: spirituality, youth religion, new religious movements, global Christianity, secularisation, non-religion, religious change, religious movements in the Global South
Gender: men, masculinity, gender and the media
Research methods: quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods.


Publications

Publications

Books:
Singleton, A. (2014) Religion, Culture and Society: A Global Approach, London, Sage Publications.

http://tinyurl.com/n6tvb8e

Mason, M., Singleton, A.  & Webber, R.  (2007) The Spirit of Generation Y: Young People’s Spirituality in a Changing Australia, Melbourne, John Garratt Publishing. (Reprinted 2008)

http://tinyurl.com/lbtebem

Chapters in Books:
Singleton, A. (2013) ‘Echoes of the Past: The Influence of Spiritualism on Contemporary Belief’ in C. Moreman (ed.) The Spiritualist Movement: Speaking with the Dead in America and around the World (Vol. 2), Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Singleton, A. (2011) “Religion and Spirituality” in J. Germov and M. Poole (eds.) Public Sociology (2nd ed.), Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Singleton, A. (2011) ‘The rise and fall of the Pentecostals:  The role and significance of the body in Pentecostal spirituality’ in T. Ahlback (ed.) Religion and the Body. Abo: Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History.

Mason, M, Singleton, A, Webber, R (2010) ‘Developments in spirituality among youth in Australia  and other western societies’, in G. Giordan (ed.) Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, vol 1: Youth and Religion, Leiden: Brill.

Singleton, A. (2007)  ‘ “People were not made to be in God’s image”: A contemporary overview of secular Australians’ in B. Kosmin and A. Keysar (eds.) Secularism and Secularity: Contemporary International Perspectives, Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture, Hartford, CN.

Singleton, A. (2006) ‘Men Getting Real’ in S.M. Whitehead (ed.) Men and Masculinities: Critical Concepts in Sociology, London: Routledge.

Singleton, A. (2005) ‘Fathers: More than Breadwinners?’ in M. Poole (ed.) Family: Changing Families, Changing Times, Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

Articles in Refereed Academic Journals (since 2006, many before then but space does not permit):
Singleton, A. (2012) ‘Beyond Heaven: Young People and the Afterlife’, Journal of Contemporary Religion, 27 (3): 453–468.

Singleton, A. (2011) ‘The impact of World Youth Day on religious practice’, Journal of Beliefs & Values, 32 (1): 5-68.

Singleton, A, Webber, R, Joyce, M, and Dorrisa, A (2010), ‘The practice of youth ministry in a changing context: Results from an Australian scoping study’ Journal of Youth Ministry, 9 (1): 35-54.

Webber, R, Singleton, A, Joyce, M, and Dorrisa, A, (2010), ‘Models Of Youth Ministry In Action: The Dynamics Of Christian Youth Ministry In An Australian City’, Religious Education, 105 (2): 204-215.

Singleton, A. (2008) ‘ “It’s because of the invincibility thing”: Young men, masculinity, and testicular cancer’, International Journal of Men’s Health, 7 (1): 40-58.
 
Singleton, A. (2007) ‘Boys in crisis? Australian Adolescent Males beyond the Rhetoric’, Journal of Men’s Studies, 15 (3): 362-374.

Mason, M., Singleton, A. & Webber, R. (2007) ‘The spirituality of young Australians’, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 12, (2): 149-163. 



 


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