The Abundant Culture: Meaning and Significance in Everyday Australia

The Abundant Culture: Meaning and Significance in Everyday Australia


Edited by David Headon, Edited by Joy W. Hooton, Edited by Donald Horne

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 215mm x 19mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1995
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 1863736441
  • ISBN 13: 9781863736442
  • Illustrations note: index

Product description

This is a re-assessment of Australian cultural life. The collection features essays by many of Australia's leading cultural commentators on the pursuits and concerns that give meaning and significance to everyday life. It covers a wide range of topics, including cultural heritage, gender, fashion, food, sport, the beach, new films and the Sylvania Waters phenomenon. A portrait of the new Australia, it covers indigenous, feminist, multicultural and regional issues, along with changes to the workplace and to political maps.

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Table of contents

Future pasts, David Carter; the new heroes - inventing a heritage, Peter Cochrane; making diversity work - the changing cultures of Australian workplaces, Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis; doing it with your mates - connecting aspects of modem Australian masculinity, Peter Looker; things we want to keep - discovering Australia's cultural heritage, Ken Taylor; jacking up - styles of protest in Australia, James Warden; the funny country, Richard Harris; Australia and the world in schoolbooks, Julian Thomas; the beach, the coast, the signifier, the feral transcendence and pumpin' at Byron Bay, Craig McGregor; Laurie and Noeline and Sylvania Waters, Joy Hooton; strictly stomper - the new Australian films, David Headon; are we what we eat?, Bev Kingston; Packer cricket, Richard Cashman; it's Sony rock and roll - contemporary Oz rock, Philip Hayward; profits from the desert? The Adelaide Festival of Arts, Andrew Taylor; short stories - tabloid culture in the 1950s, Ann Curthoys and Kathryn Evans; the polities of the Australian tribe - a confidential report on the political habits of the Australians, made by an anthropologist from outer space, Donald Home; inventing "the economy", Jo-Anne Pemberton; not finding a word for it - political language in the 1990s, Judy Brett; 1974 - just another year, Peter Read; "Life and sweaty" - ethnic communities at play, Philip Mosely; a sporting chance? The federal construction of Aboriginal sport, Vicky Paraschak; the mirrored ceiling - fashion and Australian women, Margaret Maynard; a day at the zoo, Kay J. Anderson.