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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.  

‘Please Explain?’: Ignorance, Poverty and the Past
‘Please explain?’: Ignorance, poverty and the past

Hanson really would have subsided into history's footnotes if the self-righteous, thumbscrew Left had not been so loud in its efforts to shout her down.

Frank Devine, Australian, June 29, 1998

I do not agree with this assessment of the popularity of ‘Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party’ as it exploded through Australian politics after the defeat of the Keating Labor government in November 1996. As a single working mother turned ‘amateur’ politician, Hanson led a surge of economic-protectionist, anti-immigration, anti-Asian and anti-Aboriginal popular feeling powerful enough to sustain a new political party and shift the mood of the national social debate drastically to the right. In my view, she might have subsided into history's ...

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