Catriona Elder explores the origins and meanings behind the many stories we tell ourselves about what it means to be Australian', and to be un-Australian' in this introduction to Australian culture, society and history.
Part 1. Stories in the making
-- 1. Imagining nations: Telling national tales -- 2. The working man is everywhere: Class and national identity -- 3. The invisible woman: Gender and nation -- 4. Populate or perish: Sexuality and nation -- 5. White Australia meets multiculturalism: Ethnicity and nation -- 6. The myth of terra nullius: Indigeneity and nation.
Part 2. Ways of being Australian -- 7. The cultural nation: Art, cinema and music -- 8. The heart of the country: Place, space and land -- 9. The land of the long weekend: Public holidays and national events -- 10. Taking to the streets: National uses of public spaces -- 11. Backyards and barracking: The everyday in Australia -- 12. Australia on display: Museums, heritage and the national capital.