This Restless Life

Brigid Delaney
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This Restless Life
This Restless Life

Published

1 August 2009

ISBN

9780522855968

Weight

390g

Size

234mm x 154mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

This Restless Life

Brigid Delaney
This Restless Life asks if we are sacrificing depth for breadth, or if it's possible to have both?
We often live in transit, shifting between jobs, cities and countries, trying to build communities in a virtual world, but longing - maybe before dropping off to sleep at night - for some stronger connection.
The savage playground of speed dating. High-risk, low-loyalty workplaces, scattered around the world. Friendships and love affairs conducted through technology. Globalisation and the long boom have changed the way young people love, work and travel.
In This Restless Life, journalist Brigid Delaney looks at the impact that hyper-mobility and the excesses of consumer culture have had on the restless generation. She hears stories from young Australians in the departure lounges of outer London airports, at parties in Rome and Sydney, in the cafés of Berlin and Paris. They feel 'nation-stateless', adrift. Their affluence in the new economy has come at a cost.
Having lived the restless life herself - fifteen cities over the past…
We often live in transit, shifting between jobs, cities and countries, trying to build communities in a virtual world, but longing - maybe before dropping off to sleep at night - for some stronger connection.
The savage playground of speed dating. High-risk, low-loyalty workplaces, scattered around the world. Friendships and love affairs conducted through technology. Globalisation and the long boom have changed the way young people love, work and travel.
In This Restless Life, journalist Brigid Delaney looks at the impact that hyper-mobility and the excesses of consumer culture have had on the restless generation. She hears stories from young Australians in the departure lounges of outer London airports, at parties in Rome and Sydney, in the cafés of Berlin and Paris. They feel 'nation-stateless', adrift. Their affluence in the new economy has come at a cost.
Having lived the restless life herself - fifteen cities over the past fifteen years - Delaney laments the loss of the things that for previous generations held life together, like romantic love, full-time permanent work and real-world communities. But just as the pace of the new economy changed us into restless human beings, might the global financial crisis provide this generation with an opportunity to slow down and reassess how it might live?

Brigid Delaney

Brigid Delaney

Brigid Delaney has worked as a lawyer and journalist. She was a staff reporter at the Sydney Morning Herald before moving to London and working at the Telegraph and CNN. Her feature writing and comment pieces have also appeared in the Guardian, the Age and the Australian edition of the Spectator. She is the author of This Restless Life, published by Melbourne University Press, and Wild Things.

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