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Understanding Port Melbourne, now available online

The electronic, open access copy of my dissertation, Understanding Port Melbourne: Accounting for and interrupting social order in a suburb, is now available online at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/112445.

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I felt like I needed a drink after the anthropology conference

The space described in this post is not in Port Melbourne, but rather an academic conference. This year I attended my first Australian Anthropological Society annual conference. What happened after the last panel for the conference resonated strongly with my … Continue reading

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Offering a hand as flirting with social order

I look down at my drink; I do not want to look too eager. Would she have initiated this conversation if she did not want me to come back to her place? Would it be too ‘forward’ of me if … Continue reading

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Another account of my dissertation

I am at that stage in my PhD project of setting the administrative wheels in processes for submitting my dissertation. This is what I say my thesis is: Understanding Port Melbourne: Accounting for, and interrupting, social order in an Australian … Continue reading

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A little story about a walk[er]

For our weekly volunteer shift, a few times I happened to arrive at the building at the same time as this particular volunteer. Even before she had her walker, this volunteer would use the ramp that snaked back and forward, … Continue reading

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Caring about an instance of ‘care for’: I took a man to get his toenails cut and I got a keyring

This is not a story from fieldwork in Port Melbourne, but it does get at some of the themes I look at in my research. I used to get to see Arthur when he came to visit where I worked. … Continue reading

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A new project for PMHPS

Life stories of Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society members are being collected. I first joined PMHPS when I was signing up to be part of lots of different groups in Port Melbourne as part of my PhD project fieldwork on the … Continue reading

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