The 1960s in Australia : people, power and politics / edited by Shirleene Robinson and Julie Ustinoff Robinson, Shirleene

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Robinson, Shirleene
Australia; Australia - Social conditions - 20th century.; SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural.
The 1960s is one of the most heavily mythologised decades of the twentieth century. More than 50 years on, the era continues to capture the public's imagination. The 1960s in Australia: People, Power and Politics recognises the complexity of social and cultural change by presenting a broad range of contributions that acknowledge an often overlooked fact - that not everyone experienced the 1960s in the same way. The diversity of the time is confirmed by contributions from a number of expert Australian historians who each provide an insight into Australia in the 1960s, offering an understanding of the social realities of this period as well as the ebbs and flows of transnational influence. This collection includes a featured contribution by prominent Australian historian, Raymond Evans, who provides a personal insight into the 1960s. Other contributors also place 'the lived experience' at the centre of their analysis by considering the growth of modern flats, the impact of cosmopolitanism, and sex and sexuality in the 'Sixties'. The book also highlights the way power was deployed and deconstructed during this era by considering the psychiatric profession, the agenda of the counter-culture, and the role that women's magazines played in reinforcing dominant gender paradigms. The complex politics of the era are also explored through the transnational impact of figures such as Anthony Crosland, the impact of the Vietnam War, and the multiplicity of motivations behind the anti-war protest and the Aboriginal rights movement of the era. The 1960s in Australia: Power, People and Politics is a fresh focus on a significant time in Australia's history. It brings together a collection of innovative and engaging explorations into the Australian 'Sixties', which underline the complexity of the time. Shirleene Robinson is Vice Chancellor's Innovation Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Something like Slavery? Queensland's Aboriginal Child Workers, 1842-1945, the co-author of Speaking Out: Stopping Homophobic and Transphobic Abuse in Queensland, the editor of Homophobia: An Australian History and co-editor of Crime Over Time: Temporal Perspectives on Crime and Punishment in Australia. She has previously taught at Bond University on Australia's Gold Coast; the University of Queensland, where she obtained her PhD; and the University of Wales (Lampeter). Apart from the 1960s, her research interests include gender and sexuality, epidemics (particularly HIV/AIDS) and race and colonialism. Julie Ustinoff holds a PhD in History from the University of Queensland, where she has also taught courses on the 1960s, Australian history and popular culture. Her main research interests are in the fields of cultural history, gender relations and the media. She is the co-author of A Crowning Achievement: A Study in Australian Beauty, Business and Charitable Enterprise. She has also served as a historical consultant on the National Museum of Australia's touring exhibition Miss Australia, A Nation's Quest and was one of three historians selected to curate the official Queensland Sesqui-Centenary exhibition to mark 150 years of the state's separation from New South Wales. 'Real Gone Town': Popular Music and Youth Culture in 1960s Brisbane / Raymond Evans---- Part I: People-- 1.'The Reign of the "Six-Pack"' Flats and Flat-Life in Australia in the 1960s / Seamus O'Hanlon-- 2. Cosmopolitanism and the Cosmopolitans: Australia in the World, the World in Australia / Tanja Luckins-- 3. Sex in the Sixties / Yorick Smaal---- Part II: Power-- 4. 'The Winds of Change are Blowing': Australian Psychiatry and Anti-Psychiatry in the 1960s / Emily Wilson-- 5. 1960s Counter-Culture in Australia: The Search for Personal Freedom / Shirleene Robinson-- 6. Homebodies and Weekend Handymen / Julie Ustinoff---- Part III: Politics-- 7. The New Progressivism: Anthony Crosland and the Coming of the Australian Sixties / Frank Bongiorno-- 8. The Vietnam War at Home and Abroad / Jason Flanagan-- 9. Aboriginal Rights and Justice Campaigns: A People's History / Sue Taffe. 253 page(s)
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