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Australian Intellectuals

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Why are Australian Intellectuals and academics so hostile to contemporary Australian life? Why do they so often hold disparaging views of their fellow Australians? This was not always the case. In the nineteenth century Australians of an intellectual disposition sought to work with their fellow Australians to build a better and freer country. But from the end of the nineteenth century, beginning with the Bulletin an intellectual culture emerged which was adversarial in nature and increasingly hostile to the aspirations of ordinary Australians. This culture of intellectuals became embedded in key institutions, including the universities, the world of the arts and the ABC. It became a subculture isolated from mainstream Australia in intellectual ghettos. It is a world which bristles with hostility, negativity and nihilism. History has been a favoured domain for Australian intellectuals and they heartedly condemn the Australian past and the Australian people. The only problem is that the more they blacken the past the more they turn off students from studying history. The result is a real crisis in the study of the Australian past. The only way forward is a much more sober and sensible approach by intellectuals, especially in terms of appreciating our Western heritage.

Intellectual Movements and Australian Society

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This collection of fifteen essays presents a comprehensive discussion of the main aspects of Australian intellectual life and social and political inquiry in this century. The contributors focus on such areas as the place of the intellectual in contemporary Australian life and society; the historical role of the intellectual; the significance of particular groups, including feminists, Catholics, conservatives, and liberals; and intellectual traditions in such disciplines as science and literature.

Australian Book Review

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Literary Activists

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Uniquely examining the link between Australian writers and social change, this study investigates the motives behind literary figures who strive to become activists and social intellectuals. Exploring this intimate connection, this resource asks what such a bond reveals about Australian literature and the power of the written word. With fresh insight, this guide delves into the activism, careers, and writings of Judith Wright, Patrick White, Oodgeroo of the tribe of Noonuccal, Les Murray, Helen Garner, David Malouf and Tim Winton.

Australian Literary Studies

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Trade Unions and the Australian Labor Party

Author : Gerald Laverne Houseman
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Intellectuals and Politics

Author : Frank Knopfelmacher
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Australian Civilisation

Author : Richard Nile
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Australian civilisation is described in this book with subtlety and irony as a 'wildly problematic, discursive and sometimes cranky thing. It can be a sensitive thing. It can still be chauvinistic'. The book brings together leading intellectuals who discuss the various dynamics ofcivilisation in the Australian context. They debate openly and honestly the strengths and weaknesses of Australian civilisation. The contributors each narrate Australian civilisation from monographic viewpoints. By considering Aboriginality, Henry Reynolds and John Barnes produce 'History' and'Legend'. By analysing Australia's cultural and demographic diversity Bruce Bennett, James Jupp and Laksiri Jayasuriya produce 'Myth', 'Identity' and 'Citizens'. Sexuality and political discourse surrounding issues of gender result in 'Homosexuality' by Dennis Altman and 'Women' by MargaretReynolds. Political culture brings forth 'Politicians' by Sol Encel and 'Intellectuals' by James Walter. The production, reproduction, dissemination and reception of culture produces 'Cringers', 'Strutters', and 'Culture' from Elaine Thompson, Chris Wallace-Crabbe and Andrew Milner. Together thesemonographic views narrate the central concerns of this volume. The production of a master narrative is resisted. But it is equally obvious that in the diversity of approaches - the pluralism of the monographic views - there are recurring important themes. This timely book is concerned with thetremendous changes that have overtaken Australia in the second half of this century. It demonstrates that many time-honoured beliefs have been broken up, but argues that this intensely creative period has seen Australia transformed from a provincial inward-looking society with blinkered conceptionsof history and self-importance to one of the world's oldest and most successful liberal plural democracies.

Index to Journal Articles on Australian History

Author : Terry Hogan
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"... Incorporates those articles which appeared in their respective journals to the end of 1973.".

Australian Slavonic and East European Studies

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Profile of Australia

Author : Craig McGregor
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Includes short section on black/white relations in rural and urban Australia.

Australian Industrial Relations

Author : Stanley B. Petzall
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A core textbook for any student of industrial relations. It covers all the essential material for any tertiary level course: the theories, history, institutions and practice. The book is fully up-to-date and thoroughly referenced, covering some of the most important and exciting changes taking place in Australian society.

The Manufacture of Australian History

Author : Judy Pascoe
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Aborigines role in history as viewed by Australian historians.

Australian Journal of Political Science

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The Australian Quarterly

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The Bulletin

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Orwell s Australia

Author : Dennis Glover
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Orwell has two key messages that speak directly to contemporary Australians- that respecting the truth is essential to restoring the integrity of our democratic system; and that if we want to preserve our egalitarian way of life, the centre-left must get in touch with ordinary people again.'George Orwell has had an astonishing influence on Australian politics, often in ways he would have disapproved of fiercely. Today, one hundred years after his birth, his relevance is growing rather than diminishing.Orwell's insights and values represent a challenge and an opportunity for the Australian left , especially because a host of public institutions and once-unquestioned rights are being attacked by a determined and ideologically driven band of radical conservatives, many of whom justify their beliefs through an appeal to the socialist George Orwell.

Australia in Mind

Author : Mark Thomas
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Collection of essays on Australians notable for their ideas on the nation and what it means to be Australian. Comments on indigenous issues by Bernard Smith, David Malouf, and Geoffrey Blainey.

Australian Studies in Journalism

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Modernism Australia

Author : Ann Stephen
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This collection of 200 papers introduces the ideas of modernism and its influence on Australia. The main players of the time period from 1917-1967 convey in their own words the tensions, aspirations and paradoxes behind the reception of modernism. Each document is accompanied by expert commentaries from the editors. The first anthology covering modernist art, design, and architecture in Australia, it chronicles the dogged institutional resistance that greeted modernism, particularly in the fine arts, and yet reveals a surprising acceptance of modernism in the commercial realms.