America And Americans In Australia

Overview

Mosler and Catley show Australia as migrant Americans see it, warts and all! They begin with an examination of the evolution of the United States as a major dominant power in the international system, emphasizing the duality of its external power coupled with its troubled and variegated society—the greatest wealth coexisting with some of the world's most difficult cities. But, as they point out, very few people emigrate from this melting pot, and many of those that do leave go to Australia. They are seeking ...

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Overview

Mosler and Catley show Australia as migrant Americans see it, warts and all! They begin with an examination of the evolution of the United States as a major dominant power in the international system, emphasizing the duality of its external power coupled with its troubled and variegated society—the greatest wealth coexisting with some of the world's most difficult cities. But, as they point out, very few people emigrate from this melting pot, and many of those that do leave go to Australia. They are seeking employment, adventure, and, for some, a refuge from the difficult aspects of American life.

The more than 250,000 Americans who have gone to Australia since WWII are mostly well-qualified professional people who have developed good life styles and contribute significantly to many aspects of Australian life. But some, particularly women, are also dissatisifed and describe varying degrees of anti- Americanism, despite Australia being among the most receptive of societies to American ideas and culture. Americans also tend to bring their political orientations with them. Many are now becoming Australians whose children want to stay. Australia is only a bit further than California and it brings its own surprises. Relying on survey data, interviews, and their own experiences, Mosler and Catley provide answers to many questions about the American-Australian connection.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This especially well written study places American migration to Australia in the context of overall 20th-century history, is based on solid research, and will be useful for a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses."

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"[T]houghtful and serious book."

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Antipodes Book Review

Booknews
A Limey and a Yank who have both gone native down under analyze the particularities of American immigration after World War II and the general context in which the migrations of tens of thousands of people took place. They create a holistic picture of the pattern by integrating individual experiences, social processes, and the historical context. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275962524
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1998
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID MOSLER is Senior Lecturer in American History at the University of Adelaide.

BOB CATLEY is Convenor of International Studies at the University of Adelaide.

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Table of Contents

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Abbreviations and Acronyms
Preface
1 The Global Context 1
2 Australia in Historical Context 8
3 Modern Australia since World War II 33
4 Why Do People Migrate? 54
5 American Migration to Australia: World War II to the 1990s 66
6 Why Do the Americans Come to Australia? 80
7 Do the Americans Like Australia? 99
8 Cultural Relations 122
9 The Australia Americans Don't Like 140
10 How Do American Migrants Adapt to Australia? 153
11 Conclusion: The Future 179
Appendix 191
Bibliography 195
Index 199
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