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City Life: The New Urban Australia
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Seamus O'Hanlon
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City Life: The New Urban Australia

Seamus O'Hanlon


New South Books

Social & cultural history;
Urban communities


240 pages

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Remember when our cities and inner-cities weren't dominated by high-rise apartments? This book documents the changes that have come with the globalisation of the Australian city since the 1970s. It tells the story of the major economic, social, cultural and demographic changes that have come with opening up of Australia in those years, with a particular focus on the two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, which have been transformed. But throughout it also looks at how these changes have played out in the smaller capitals and regional centres.

How does one of the most urbanised, multicultural countries in the world see itself? This book challenges received ideas about Australia and how it presents itself to the world, and how in turn many Australians perceive and understand themselves. Rather than rehashing old stereotypes about mateship, the Bush or Anzac, this book places the globalised city and its residents at the heart of new understandings of twenty-first century Australia.

'Our cities are changing fast. Seamus' O'Hanlon tells us how and why, with a keen historian's eye for both the big picture and the local scene. An indispensable guide to the contemporary Australian city.' - Professor Graeme Davison

By:   Seamus O'Hanlon
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781742235615
ISBN 10:   1742235611
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Seamus O'Hanlon is one of Australia's leading urban historians and combines his academic career with a strong commitment to public outreach and community engagement. He has acted as an advisor on exhibitions on the history of Melbourne for Museum Victoria, the history of shopping for the State Library of Victoria, and the history of clothing manufacturing and the suburb of St Kilda for the Jewish Museum of Australia and Heritage Victoria. Seamus is a regular contributor to ABC local and national radio as well as community radio station 3RRR. He regularly speaks about his work to community groups such as U3A and local historical societies and is an invited member of the Humanities 21 speakers' group. His previous books include Together Apart, Go Melbourne, Melbourne Remade, Federation Square Melbourne.

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