Good Times, Hard Times

Good Times, Hard Times : Past and the Future in Elizabeth

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Good Times, Hard Times is local history with a difference. Mark Peel presents a passionate view of a place where ordinary Australians built a new community and new lives, only to see them undermined by the profound economic and social changes that have accompanied our transition from the relative prosperity of the 1960s to the uncertainties of the 1990s. The South Australian town of Elizabeth stands as a powerful example for all such communities throughout Australia.Founded as a model town in the 1950s, Elizabeth has experienced the most important changes of modern Australia: the hopes and failures of postwar town planning and reconstruction; the flow of migrants and working people into new suburbs on the fringes of Australian cities; the impact of economic downturns on these people's fortunes in the 1970s and 1980s; the growth and decay of manufacturing; the changing attitudes of governments and other institutions to inequality and poverty.Mark Peel examines the structural roots of these changes, and his insight into the often devastating human consequences of economically driven decision-making gives the book its power.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 19.05mm | 475g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • Illustrations, facsims.
  • 0522846289
  • 9780522846287

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