About the essays
The Scanlon Foundation Research Institute undertakes research to help Australia advance as a welcoming, prosperous and cohesive nation.
The Institute’s essay series focuses on current issues impacting social cohesion in Australia. Bringing together theoretical insights and stories from within the community, they shed light on the dynamics of social cohesion within certain segments of the Australian community and pose questions for further reflection, discussion and research.
In this essay for the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute, Trish Prentice explores what it is like to grow up in an intermarried family in Australia and how these families are changing the cultural worldview of the next generation of Australians.Image
Six months ago, no one had heard of the coronavirus. Now, several months into the pandemic, much of our daily lives have been transformed by its spread. In Australia, religious communities were one part of society expressly impacted by the ‘lockdown’ directives introduced to stem the spread of the virus. This essay describes the ramifications of the closure for some of Australia’s religious communities and considers what might be the long-term impact of the lockdown and our new social reality on the way these communities contribute to social cohesion in Australia.