Culture and Customs of Australia

Culture and Customs of Australia

by Laurie Clancy

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Overview

Students and other interested readers finally have a solid resource that describes the breadth of the evolving modern Australian society. Culture and Customs of Australia is the first general introduction to the rugged continent, written by an Australian novelist with particular insight. Clancy focuses on the Anglo-Irish and more recent immigrants, but the Aboriginal context is also presented.

Americans' generally superficial familiarity with the Australian continent stems mostly from recent films. Particular images stand out: the Outback, sheep shearing, surfing, the Sydney Opera House, Aborigines, and the Walkabout. Yet Europeans arrived in the late 18th century, followed by convict transports from England that started the colonization. Today, Australia remains a land of immigrants, and its ethnically diverse population has increased dramatically since World War II. Students and other interested readers finally have a solid resource that describes the breadth of the evolving modern Australian society. Culture and Customs of Australia is the first general introduction to the rugged continent, written by an Australian novelist with particular insight. Clancy focuses on the Anglo-Irish and more recent immigrants, but the Aboriginal context is also presented.

Readers will learn about the Australian identity, with its male mythology of the Bush. The mateship is the core element of a myth of independent, self-sufficient, freedom-loving citizens in a harsh land. This myth is set against multiculturalism and feminism. Other highlights include discussion of the weak hold that Christianity has over the population; the drastic urbanization of the last century and the suburban dream; adventure and the beach culture, with tourism; the importance of sports; the changing roles of men; the evolving cuisine, from the national barbeque to European and Asian influences; strong and long literary, artistic, and performing arts traditions; film industry talent; and the power of media in a sparsely populated country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313321696
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2004
Series: Cultures and Customs of the World
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

LAURIE CLANCY is an Australian novelist now teaching creative writing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chronology

The Land, People, and History

Thought and Religion

Marriage, Gender, and Children

Holidays and Leisure Activities

Cuisine and Fashion

Literature

The Media and Cinema

The Performing Arts

Painting

Architecture

Bibliography

Index

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