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Book: Gay Men’s Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age

TASA member Peter Robinson, a Senior Lecturer in History and Sociology at Swinburne University, has completed the third book in his series on Gay Men.

Peter Robinson’s first book, The Changing World of Gay Men was published in 2008 (Palgrave Macmillan, UK) and won The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Inaugural Raewyn Connell Prize in 2010 for the best first book in Australian Sociology.

His second book, Gay Men’s Relationships Across the Life Course was published in 2013 (Palgrave Macmillan, UK) and drew on interviews with 97 men from Australia, England, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, and the United States.

Peter’s third book, Gay Men’s Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age  (Palgrave Macmillan, UK) examines the working lives, retirement plans, and old age experiences of three generations of gay men born 1924–86. It draws on data collected from interviews with 82 men in Australia, England, New Zealand, and USA. The first half of the book concentrates on the men’s working lives, while the second half of the book explores the interviewees’ concerns about old age and retirement. The author analyses the men’s contrasting stories, highlighting key generational differences in their experience of being ‘out’ in the workplace and the dominant work narratives which emerge in each age group. This important work will have cross-disciplinary appeal to scholars of sociology, gerontology, health sciences, gender, queer, and gay and lesbian studies, as well as practitioners.

In January this year, Peter became a co-editor of our triannual publication Nexus.