Gangland : Cultural Elites and the New Generationalism
Gangland has become a landmark in recent Australian cultural debate. This edition adds a substantial update to the original chapters and brings the book right up to the minute. Ten years on, Davis's arguments still hold, and Gangland remains the last word on the debate about the stranglehold that baby-boomers and their chummy networks of patronage continue to hold over Australian life. But with a twist. Since the book was written, a new gang has completed its ascendancy. Conservatives now dominate the cultural landscape, and the 1970s generation of cultural commentators who were the focus of the book find themselves on the outer and on the defensive. And what about generations X and Y? In his assessment of their fortunes, Davis shows how they are being left out of the picture in Australia's current economic boom, used as guinea pigs at the leading edge of workplace reform, cut out of the housing market, and often heavily indebted by user-pays education.
- Paperback | 456 pages
- 01 Apr 2010
- Melbourne University Press
- Carlton, Australia
- 3rd edition
About Mark Davis
Mark Davis is the author of The Land of Plenty.