Category Archives: Beyond the suburb

#OneLessStranger: Some thoughts on obligation without consent

Airbnb has a promotional campaign running, #OneLessStranger On Airbnb, you can post and find rooms/properties to lease short term. Initial contact is done through the website, without identifying details being exchanged, but you can see that the identity of the … Continue reading

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Spare change requested in shared space [outside supermarkets]

Back in my field work days, there was a well known identity who could often be found outside the Bay Street entrance to Coles. The bench he would often occupy was referred to by some as his ‘office’, but some … Continue reading

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Neighbour Day makes sense

Yesterday was Neighbour Day. Neighbour Day, in my understanding, is promoted as a way of people making themselves visible to their neighbours. Neighbours are primarily defined as those people who live nearby: ‘next door, across the street or on the … Continue reading

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Rubbish as records

One of the papers at the Place and Displacement conference I attended the other week was by Dr Stefan Schutt. This paper discussed his ‘Signs of the Times’ project, started as a result of finding the 1940s and 1950s records … Continue reading

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Categories [in Brisbane]

This week I had the opportunity to spend some time in sunny Brisbane because I was at The Australian Sociological Association conference. My paper was about social mix. Social mix can be used to describe people from different social classes, … Continue reading

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Legitimately Australian expressions illegitimating anger?

This afternoon, when I spotted Annabel Crabb had a headline on The Age website that started with ‘Spitting the dummy‘, I figured clicking through to the article basically is research. At the Sociology of Emotions and Affect workshop I gave … Continue reading

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Why I think getting to know acquaintances over time enchants my world

Not going away to do my fieldwork has had its pros and cons (or perhaps more accurately, its ups and downs). One of the personal bonuses of staying in my home city has been being able to experience that sense … Continue reading

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