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This brilliant, coruscating book, written by one of the most formidable and original thinkers in Cultural Studies, examines questions of nationality, identity, the use of anecdote to build solidarity and the role of institutions in shaping culture. Ranging across many fields, including film and media, gender, nationality, globalization and popular culture, it provides a mind-clearing exercise in recognizing what culture is, and how it works, today. Illustrated with a fund of relevant and insightful examples, it addresses the central questions in cultural studies today: identity, post-identity, the uses of narrative and textual analysis, the industrial organization of solidarity and the opportunities and dilemmas of globalization.
Chapter 1: Afterthoughts on ‘Australianism’
Afterthoughts on ‘Australianism’
At a conference held in Fremantle, Western Australia, in 1991, I found myself placed oddly, I thought, on a panel called ‘Australianism’.1 Never having heard this word before, I was not sure what it meant. When speakers of English in Australia use an ‘Americanism’ or a ‘Gallicism’, we borrow from a foreign idiom and mix it with local speech. Presumably, speakers of any of the varieties of English in Fiji or Hong Kong or England can use an Australianism in that sense. But what could it mean for me – a white Australian with no familial or ethnic memories of a history in any other place – to talk metaphorically, in this alienating way, about ‘Australianism’ in Australia? Was I ...