Culture and community : researching HIV and gay and lesbian lives in Australia, 1990-2005

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2005
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This thesis presents an essay and thirteen items published between 1990 and 2005 in support of my candidature for a Doctorate in Philosophy by Publication. The items presented range across several forms: books (1), book chapters (5), refereed journal essays (3), and research reports and report chapters (4). The items analyse various articulations of culture and community in relation to contemporary gay and, to a lesser extent, lesbian life in Australia. They are organised into three sites. The work in Site One establishes gay and lesbian writing in Australia as a scholarly field. In Site Two, the work investigates Australian responses to HIV, how the epidemic affects gay cultures and relations between ‘community’ responses to HIV and those cultures. Site Three begins a systematic consideration of the relations between media, representation and commodification and how these effect change in the social narration of gay and lesbian lives. The accompanying essay provides an overview of the presented work that argues for its contemporary relevance and original contribution to knowledge. The essay explores the ways culture and community are articulated on each of the sites. It argues that community is both a specific socio-cultural form and a mode of governmentality. It investigates these articulations in relation to everyday life and explores the resultant tensions and ambiguities, their connections and disconnections.
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