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Questioning the Legacy of Class Structure in Australian History : An Australian “Historical” Class Analysis?
Connell and Irving’s Class Structure in Australian History remains the authoritative text on class formation in Australia. Following the “death of class” of the late 1990s, class analysis has aband...
Connell and Irving’s Class Structure in Australian History
This chapter develops a critique of the key text, Class Structure in Australian History (Connell and Irving 1980). This has been held up as a novel text on class structure, which was not indebted toExpand
Imagining Class in Australian History
This chapter makes the case for viewing the imagination of ‘class’ in Australia in terms of two interrelated traditions: labour populism and Marxism. These traditions have been under-studied asExpand
Conclusion: Reimagining Class
A critical reimagining of class discourse offers the best prospect for deepening understandings about their meaning. This has not yet occurred, because class analysis still relies on singularExpand
The Need for Political Economy in Class Analysis: Rediscovering Andrew Wells
Andrew Wells, Constructing Capitalism: An Economic History of Eastern Australia, 1788-1901, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1989, pp. 216, paperback edition, $24.99. There has been little criticalExpand
The New Left and Marxism
This chapter follows the class politics of ‘populism’ and ‘Marxism’ through the Australian New Left. While the New Left saw itself as refuting populism, in fact it was mainly anti-nationalist.Expand
The enigma of the bogan and its significance to class in Australia: A socio-historical analysis
This analysis offers a historical perspective to chart the contested discourses that inform understandings of the figure of the ‘bogan’, suggesting its evocation reflects unresolved tensions andExpand
Wells’ Constructing Capitalism and Political Economy
This chapter explores the possible contribution that political economy can make to sociologies of class in Australia. It does so through Andrew Wells’ Constructing Capitalism (1989), which representsExpand