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Introduction Part 1: Stories in the making 1 Imagining nations: Telling national tales 2 The working man is everywhere: Class and national identity 3 The invisible woman: Gender and nation 4 Populate or perish: Sexuality and nation 5 White Australia meets multiculturalism: Ethnicity and nation 6 The myth of terra nullius: Indigeneity and nation Part 2: Ways of being Australian 7 The cultural nation: Art, cinema and music 8 The heart of the country: Place, space and land 9 The land of the long weekend: Public holidays and national events 10 Taking to the streets: National uses of public spaces 11 Backyards and barracking: The everyday in Australia 12 Australia on display: Museums, heritage and the national capital References Index

About the Author

Catriona Elder lectures in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney.


"A timely and significant new analysis--essential reading on issues of identity and our own anxieties about national belonging and what it means to 'be Australian' in a globalising world." --Kate Darian-Smith, professor of Australian studies and history, University of Melbourne
"A clever work: incisive and original. At a time when Australian identities have never been more debated, Elder finds an open way through the closed doors which often restrict cultural representations of 'Australian-ness.'" --Adam Shoemaker, dean of arts, The Australian National University

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