The Land Of Plenty

Australia In The 2000s

Mark Davis
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The Land Of Plenty

Published

1 September 2008

ISBN

9780522854848

Pages

400

Weight

529g

Size

232mm x 157mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

The Land Of Plenty

Australia In The 2000s

Mark Davis
The book that tells the story of Australia today: how we got here, and where we're going. A blistering exposé and manifesto for every Australian.

'There is an Australian dream that is collective. It goes to the roots of what it means to be Australian, since it's imprinted in Australia's history, the collective acts of its peoples, their attitudes, their gestures, what and how they eat, how they spend their leisure time, and the way such things reflect upon and derive from who they are.'

In The Land of Plenty, Mark Davis argues that this dream has been forsaken. Over the past few decades Australians have felt the ground shift beneath their feet. Many people are asking why Australia is no longer the egalitarian place it once was. While the airwaves sing and newspaper front pages burst with news of how prosperous Australians are, many people wonder why they are working harder and longer, for so little, while important social agendas have fallen by the wayside.

The Land of Plenty is at once a devastating…

'There is an Australian dream that is collective. It goes to the roots of what it means to be Australian, since it's imprinted in Australia's history, the collective acts of its peoples, their attitudes, their gestures, what and how they eat, how they spend their leisure time, and the way such things reflect upon and derive from who they are.'

In The Land of Plenty, Mark Davis argues that this dream has been forsaken. Over the past few decades Australians have felt the ground shift beneath their feet. Many people are asking why Australia is no longer the egalitarian place it once was. While the airwaves sing and newspaper front pages burst with news of how prosperous Australians are, many people wonder why they are working harder and longer, for so little, while important social agendas have fallen by the wayside.

The Land of Plenty is at once a devastating record of the changes that have taken place in Australian society since the 1980s, and a goldmine of ideas for change. Insightful, provocative and thoroughly original, The Land of Plenty is a manifesto for our times.

Mark Davis

Mark Davis

Mark Davis is the author of Gangland: Cultural Elites, The New Generationalism, The Land of Plenty: Australia in the 2000s and The Fights of My Life (with Greg Combet). He teaches in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Previously Davis spent more than 20 years as a journalist covering industrial relations, transport, economics and politics for The Age, The Australian Financial Review and The Sydney Morning Herald

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