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The Larrikin Myth, Class and Power: Quarterly Essay 83

Lech Blaine

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Black Inc
06 September 2021
Series: Quarterly Essay
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Who can be a larrikin and how is it used politically?

The figure of the larrikin goes deep in Australian culture. But who can be a larrikin, and what are its political uses?

This brilliant essay looks at Australian politics through the prisms of class, egalitarianism and masculinity. Lech Blaine examines some top blokes, with particular focus on Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese, but stretching back to Bob Hawke and Kerry Packer. He shows how Morrison brought a cohort of voters over to the Coalition side, flipping what was once working-class Labor culture.

Blaine weaves his own experiences through the essay as he explores the persona of the Aussie larrikin. What are its hidden contradictions - can a larrikin be female, or Indigenous, say? - and how has it been transformed by an age of affluence and image?
 quarterly essay: Top Blokes The Larrikin Myth, Class and Power: Quarterly Essay 83 lech Blaine

By:   Lech Blaine
Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 168mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   234g
ISBN:   9781760642686
ISBN 10:   1760642681
Series:   Quarterly Essay
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   06 September 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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