Australian Cultural Studies: A Reader

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John Frow, Meaghan Morris
University of Illinois Press, 1993 - History - 296 pages
Cultural studies has emerged as a major force in the analysis of cultural systems and their relation to social power. "Rather than being interested in television or architecture or pinball machines themselves - as industrial or aesthetic structures - cultural studies tends to be interested in the way such apparatuses work as points of concentration of social meaning, as 'media' (literally)", according to John Frow and Meaghan Morris. Here, two of Australia's leading cultural critics bring together work that represents a distinctive national tradition, moving between high theory and detailed readings of localized cultural practices. Ethnographic audience research, cultural policy studies, popular consumption, "bad" aboriginal art, landscape in feature films, style, form and history in TV miniseries, and the intersections of tourism with history and memory - these are among the topics addressed in a landmark volume that cuts across myriad traditional disciplines.
 

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Contents

Malaysia Embassy
15
What is postcolonialism?
30
Bad Aboriginal art
47
Serious business and the aesthetics
69
Azaria Chamberlain and popular culture
86
Culture politics
105
In the name of popular culture
133
Whats ethnographic about ethnographic audience
149
Invisible fictions
162
Media constructions of
180
Landscape in Australian feature films
209
History on the Rocks
222
At Henry Parkes Motel
241
Where nothing ends nothing happens
276
Further reading
292
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