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Australia’s Empire$
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Deryck Schreuder and Stuart Ward

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563739.001.0001

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Popular Culture

Popular Culture

Chapter:
(p.336) 14 Popular Culture
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Australia’s Empire
Author(s):

Richard White

Hsu-Ming Teo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563739.003.0014

This chapter examines popular culture of the British Empire in Australia. It identifies the underlying structural reasons for the emphasis on ‘the popular’ in the creative output of the colonies and evaluates the imperial myths and meanings which animated the popular pastimes of the colonists. It suggests that even popular ephemera normally associated with the promotion of a distinctive Australian nationalism were often created against imperial and even determined by it.

Keywords:   popular culture, Australia, British empire, pastimes, nationalism, imperial loyalty

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