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Governing prosperity : social change and social analysis in Australia in the 1950s

Governing prosperity : social change and social analysis in Australia in the 1950s / Nicholas Brown.
Brown, Nicholas, 1961-
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.

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xi, 299 pages : illustrations; 24 cm.
Series Statement
Studies in Australian history
Uniform Title
Studies in Australian history.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 1. A part of Asia. The reflexive image. From 'the Pacific' to 'Asia': the inter-war years. 'The new forces of an aroused Asia': the challenge of the 1940s. 'Close to us ... and disturbed in a dozen different directions': the search for initiative, 1950-55. 'The Asian upheaval which everybody finds so quaint': the consolidation, 1955-60. Asia and 'that ample basket of meaningless slogans' -- 2. 'A test of our quality as a nation'. The modern and the primitive. 'Natives are something very much more than an asset': inter-war paternalism. 'The seal of peace gives warrant to our intrusion': ASOPA, reform and reconsideration, 1945-55. 'A colonising process taking place after the colonial age has ended': Hasluck and the new paternalism. 'A culture developed on the basis of social order and integrity': changing images of New Guinea. 'No longer willing to be the ruler of a colony' -- 3. The milk bar economy. Governing the consumer. 'Free to experiment': inter-war economics.
  • 'Science camouflaged to suit the prejudices of Everyman': the 1940s. 'A citizenship of consumers': the claims of prosperity. 'A shareholders' democracy': accepting prosperity. 'Personal problems': the consumer-as-worker. 'The small, rich, industrial country' -- 4. Decentralisation and the organisation of life. 'A man deprived of space is reduced in stature'. 'The millennium in government': another variant on the inter-war liberal impasse. 'Man's superficial reconciliation with the many': the politicisation of the 1940s. 'Progress through individual effort': the decentralised citizen. Public and private space: the 'thoroughgoing crisis in social relations'. 'A minor social revolution in community life' -- 5. Concepts of self and society. 'The new "plastic" man'. 'This increasingly difficult problem of self-mastery': demobilising the self in the 1940s. 'Showing us to ourselves': images of personality. 'The instinctive make-up': social psychology, the self and sex.
  • 'The bud in its dark leaves': images of self and society. 'Life was much more complex' -- 6. 'A community with a climate of its own'. The national interest? 'The boundaries of the State should be the boundaries of the university': themes of 1939. 'A ruling or an administrative education is an education of a most illiberal character': the 1940s. 'The world today suffers more from social inadequacy than it does from technical inefficiency': the pure vs the applied. 'An eagle's life is worth a world of crows': the consolidation of the later 1950s. 'A fairly cosy relationship'?
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