EcCentric Visions: Re Constructing Australia by Gaile McGregor

By Gaile McGregor

What this e-book represents is, particularly actually, a “slice” of (white) Australian existence. via noting the styles and parallels that emerge in a random sampling of social phenomena of greatly various varieties, from cleaning soap operas to political behaviour, Gaile McGregor has built a version that, in its problem to uniformitarianism, is a try case in ethnographic idea. utilizing equipment starting from the hermeneutic during the structuralist to the psychoanalytic, McGregor deploys the self-evidence of communal existence and language to set up not just that each one cultural phenomena are “patterned,” yet that this patterning is exclusive to and constant around the whole procedure.

extra, it not just affects yet constrains the best way the Australian conceptualizes, codifies and expresses his/her existential place. accordingly the Australian predilection for icons of intermediacy: the verandah in structure, the bush in literature, the seashore in folks tradition, the center floor in panorama portray, the pub in way of life. This identity with buffer zones among inside and out not just mimics the Australian’s actual bracketing among barren region and ocean, yet embodies his/her experience of disablement vis-à-vis either tradition and nature, artwork and techne, super-ego and identification, all of that are coded as female.

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Accepting the conspiracy theory would, moreover, provide ample explanation for the persistence of the egalitarian myth itself. The working class believes it because it has been conditioned to do so. G. ) - because it defuses the tensions that might arise if the working class were allowed to develop a collective consciousness. Despite all this, there are other, more ambiguous elements in the communal text to suggest that the picture is not quite so simple. For one thing, as mentioned above, there is the fact that close examination of the so-called elite strata simply doesn't reveal the kind of self-confidence or manipulative skills that Marxist and other Left commentators tend to assume as part of the ruling 44 CLASS, E D U C A T I O N , AND S E L F - I M A G E class stock-in-trade.

And judging by their priorities, their unquestioning acceptance that a career does not and should not constitute an excuse for shirking more traditional marital and maternal responsibilities (if husbands help out around the house at all, it is generally viewed as a "favour"), most of those I talked to seem to suffer a certain amount of ambivalence about their professional roles. One of the most interesting things I picked up at the conference, apart from some good contacts, was an image. " I'm not sure what McDougall himself makes of it, but it strikes me as a perfect term to describe/evoke the quality of slovenly male meander that characterizes Australian literature.

Even those relationships which begin in mutual support end up being corroded by divergent visions, by self-interest, or simply by fate (Malouf). Johnston's My Brother Jack is a key text here, not simply because of its poignant and exemplary demonstration of the active role model's defeat by a world that is too complex, too irrational, for his simple, old-fashioned virtues, but because of what it reflects, albeit covertly, about the Australian myth of brotherly solidarity. The fact that Davy only has time for his big brother as long as the latter is ascendant underlines the ephemerality of even the strongest and most positive fraternal bonds.

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