Methodological challenges in surveying non-binary religious and sexuality/gender identities: The Worldviews of Australia’s Generation Z Study

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Short-haired person in a black top stands in front of green jacaranda tree You are invited to a public research seminar by Professor Mary Lou Rasmussen (School of Sociology, Australian National University), as part of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) Research and Practice Seminar Series.

Wednesday 19 February 2020 04:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Dr Renae Fomiatti; (03) 9479 8702
Presented by:
Professor Mary Lou Rasmussen
Type of Event:
Public Lecture
Free - no RSVP required

A seminar exploring the limitations of fixed categories in research exploring fluid, complex and intersectional identities

Large-scale population studies surveying young people in relation to their worldviews have tended to frame their identities in a fixed and limited capacity, while also treating the topics of religion/spirituality and sexuality/gender as discrete categories of scholarly analysis.

Professor Rasmussen will highlight the limitations of methodological approaches foregrounding fixed religious, sexual and gender-based identity categories in the process of collecting and analysing data related to the worldviews of young people. In this seminar, Professor Rasmussen will argue the value of studying the complexities and intersections of these identities and worldviews together, through reference to a study of the Worldviews of Australia's Generation Z (AGZ): the first nationally representative sample focused on providing an evidence-based understanding of both the religious/spiritual/non-religious and sexuality/gender identities and worldviews of young Australians aged 13-18.

Professor Rasmussen will discuss how the team built on existing surveys in designing the AGZ survey, and demonstrate how this survey allowed for the incorporation of young people’s non-binary understandings of, religion, sexuality and gender.

About Professor Mary Lou Rasmussen

Professor Mary Lou Rasmussen is the Head of the School of Sociology at the Australian National University. She has undertaken research in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Her research focuses on building transdisciplinary understanding of sexuality and gender across diverse lifeworlds, taking account of issues related to sexual citizenship, cultural and religious difference and technologies of sexuality, education and health. She is associate editor of Sex Education, and co-editor (with Louisa Allen) of the Handbook of Sexuality Education (Palgrave).

La Trobe City Campus, Level 2, 360 Collins St Melbourne, Room 2.15 (Teaching Room 3)

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