A Backwater Awash: The Australian Experience of Americanisation

  title={A Backwater Awash: The Australian Experience of Americanisation},
  author={Richard W. White},
  journal={Theory Culture \& Society},
  pages={108 - 122}
  • Richard W. White
  • Published 1 January 1983
  • Political Science, History
  • Theory Culture & Society
In 1962, the Texas Quarterly devoted its summer number to Australia, exploring ’what it is that has made Australia sul generis and keeps It so’. The editor, who had spent some months In Australia in 1960, began reassuringly: Australia, to many British observers In the nineteenth century and some In the twentieth, has faced the perennial peril of sliding Into an abyss labelled ‘Americanisatfon’. Australians themselves, although by no means hostile towards America or Americans, would rather be… 
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