By Richard White
'Stimulating and informative. an antidote to the cultural flinch' - Canberra Times
'To be Australian': what can that suggest? Inventing Australia units out to discover the solutions by means of tracing the pictures we've used to explain our land and our humans - the convict hell, the workingman's paradise, the Bush legend, the 'typical' Australian from the shearer to the Bondi lifesaver, the land of chance, the small wealthy commercial kingdom, the multicultural society.
The publication argues that those pictures, instead of describing a particularly Australian fact, develop out of assumptions approximately nature, race, category, democracy, intercourse and empire, and are 'invented' to serve the pursuits of specific groups.
There were many books approximately Australia's nationwide identification; this can be the 1st to put the dialogue inside an historic context to provide an explanation for how Australians' perspectives of themselves switch and why those perspectives swap within the method they do.
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