For undergraduate courses in Australian studies, history, cultural history and cultural studies.
Dispossession, Dreams and Diversity: issues in Australian studies introduces key topics and questions about Australia as a society, a culture and a nation. It engages in major debates within both the academic and public spheres of political discourse and cultural representations, and outlines both historical and theoretical approaches to these.
The text examines the social or historical contexts that influence the meanings and structures of 'Australianness', and provides both background detail and further discussion of many issues that can often be covered only briefly in the limited time allowed for lectures and seminars.
PART I: HISTORIES AND IDENTITIES
1. Nations and national identity: too much or not enough?
2. Environment and settlement
3. Colonial identities: race, empire and nation
4. Aboriginal history and Australian history
5. Australia days: the meaning of national occasions
6. War, nation and public commemoration: the meanings of ANZAC
PART II: CULTURES AND COUNTRY
7. Land, place and possession
8. ‘For all Australians’: the Red Centre, Aboriginal landscapes and national symbols
9. Performing Australia: television, cinema and sport
10. Australian modernity
11. Americanisation and Australian culture in a global context
12. Contemporary Aboriginal cultures
PART III: POLITICS AND INSTITUTIONS
13. Australian in the world: from Empire to Asia?
14. ‘A nation of immigrants’: Australia’s immigration history
15. Multicultural Australia or Australian multiculturalism?
16. Egalitarianism: ideals and outcomes
17. Social orders: gender in Australian society
18. First nations: the struggle for Indigenous rights