Gangland: Cultural Elites and the New Generationalism

Mark Davis, "Gangland: Cultural Elites and the New Generationalism"
English | 1999 | ISBN: 186508106X | 398 pages | EPUB | 1.2 MB

Shortlisted, Gleebooks Prize, New South WAles Premier's Literary Awards 1999 Honourable Mention, Individual Category, Centre for Australian Cultural Studies National Awards 1997 Panics over the culture wars, political correctness and victim feminism, rap music, ecstasy and body piercings. our cultural landscape is currently peppered by examples of a desperately backward-looking stasis and a fearful hanging-on. In Gangland Mark Davis analyses the near monopoly of baby boomer ideals and assumptions among Australia's cultural elites. Who are these people? What do they do? How is their influence affecting public forums and the media? Where does that leave the young people of today? In an age of classic hits radio and television programs resurrected from the sixties, and in the wake of scandal-bearing Vogel winners and DIY feminists, Davis' irreverent prose cuts across the moral panics and anxieties that characterise Australian culture to detect a deep-seated fear of change – a fear that is often expressed as hostility towards youth. Gangland lays bare the discrepancies between reality and the images peddled by some of Australia's most popular

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