Sealanes

Murphy, Peter (2006) Sealanes. In: Beilharz, Peter, and Hogan, Trevor, (eds.) Sociology: Place, Time and Division. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, pp. 38-44.

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[Extract] Of all of the beach civilisations, Australia's is outwardly the most easy-going. It is epicurean and happy. 'No worries' is its constant refrain. But this belies the enormous force of destiny built into its foundation story. The playfulness of Australians holidaying on the sandy shore is a fateful mirror of the drama that was enacted, in 1915, in the bloody amphitheatre of a sea cove thousands of miles away from home. Gallipoli is the palimpsest of Australian society: classic-styled bronzed soldiers stripped to the waist, sceptical of incompetent authority, cracking jokes in the face of life's absurdities, cunning in defiance of a lethal force that can't be overcome, and accepting of the terrible necessity that sometimes buries human beings beneath it.

Item ID: 22571
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-5550979
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2013 05:41
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory @ 100%
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