First cohort for thought

Nile, Richard (2009) First cohort for thought. The Australian.

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Here in the land of broad shoulders and gluteus maximus, of half-forward flankers and hookers, of zinc creams and tanning lotions, the nimblest mind is said to be subordinate to the body. In our recent past, Australians have readily adopted sixpack to refer to outrageously defined abdominal muscles. Yet long before the invasion of the body sculptors, the mind-body schism defined the nation. We divided a single earthly rotation into three equal eight-hour portions of work, sleep and recreation, during which time Australians re-created their bodies in preparation for further work. That meant exercise, healthy living and not too much thinking. Within the swagger and casual gait that comes by way of full employment, otherwise self-evident terms such as public intellectual became as paradoxical as a platypus.

Item ID: 62441
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1038-8761
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2020 03:05
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200203 Consumption and Everyday Life @ 20%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) @ 20%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 60%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 70%
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