Blog update: November 2016

First off, thanks to the readers of this blog. I appreciate everyone that takes the time to read and get in touch. I’ve made an effort over the past few months to post something every couple of weeks. Most of the content covers my research publications, and I suppose that’s gradually becoming this blog’s focus. It brings everything I’m working on together, making it both accessible and providing an archive of it. Now there’s a focus, I’ve updated the blog. Check out the new About page. It has a bio and photo. I created a new ‘Follow Me’ bar as well, which is below. And I also updated jameslesh.com.

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Lockout laws repeat centuries-old mistake of denying value of cities as messy places

This article was originally published on The Conversation on 7 June 2016. Read the original article. By Andrew J. May, University of Melbourne and James Lesh, University of Melbourne Sydney’s lockout laws, as well as current and proposed restrictions in other Australian cities including Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Newcastle, are perhaps more about regulating people’s behaviours in cities than about liquor licensing. Such knee-jerk responses to tidy up the mess of complex issues belie society’s need for diversity. They also neglect culture’s debt to the manifold possibilities of social behaviour in urban space. Viewed as part of a broader historical pattern, such episodes of

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