Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A couple of articles on class in Australia

The Conversation is running a series on class in Australia.

In Bogans and hipsters: we’re talking the living language of class Christopher Scanlon argues that the user of labels like bogan and hipster proves that Australia is not a classless society. I especially liked the ending:
Once again, I kicked off the tutorial by asking if they thought class existed in modern Australia. They looked at me as if the answer were obvious: of course it did.

I asked one student why he was so certain. He replied simply:

    I live in Frankston and work at Woolworths.
In Denial to celebration: political responses to class in Australia Geoffrey Robinson looks at the reasons why conservatives supported economic egalitarianism in the middle part of the 20th century and now oppose it.

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