Australia, the Recreational Society

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - 193


From its very inception Australia has been a derivative society: First as part of the British Empire and then, soon after World War II, what Mosler considers the American Empire and the new end-of-century Americanized global culture. This has meant that Australia has struggled to attain its own identity. Mosler explores that struggle for national independence, a struggle that seems to be doomed to failure.

According to Mosler, the reasons for this failure lie in Australia's propensity to remain a recreational culture; a culture more attuned to pleasure and dependence than regimented hard work and the concomitant collective pattern of national assertiveness. The Australian economy, defense arrangements, culture, and psychology have been dominated by other nations and transnational forces. The prospects for the nation in the future appear to be somewhat grim unless this historical pattern of dependence and lack of respect, indeed almost contempt, for national institutions is reversed. A provocative analysis that will be of interest to scholars, students, researchers, and anyone interested in Australian history and contemporary life and culture.

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The Birth of a Nation
17
The Economy
33
The State
65
The Culture
87
The Education System
127
Australiathe FiftyFirst State
153
Australia in 2050
163
The Centenary of Federation TenPoint Plan
169
in Genesis 33
33
Precepts of the Law 91
91
Strange Family Values of the New Testament 129
129
The Family as an Unbiblical Institution
195
Competition and Cooperation between Biblical Religion and
241
Cultural and Existential Significance of Some Divided Loyalties
269
Bibliography
331
Index
343

Selected Bibliography
175
Acknowledgments ix

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DAVID MOSLER is Senior Lecturer in American History at the University of Adelaide. His most recent book, co-authored with Bob Catley, was Global America: Imposing Liberalism on a Recalcitrant World (Praeger, 2000).

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