By Nick Dyrenfurth
A ‘mate’ is a mate, correct? unsuitable, argues Nick Dyrenfurth during this provocative new examine one in every of Australia’s such a lot talked-about beliefs.
In the 1st book-length exploration of our secular creed, considered one of Australia’s prime younger historians and public commentators turns mateship’s background the wrong way up. do you know that the 1st Australians to name one another ‘mate’ have been company companions? Or that many others notion that mateship may be the foundation for developing a wholly new society — particularly, a socialist one? For a few, the time period ‘mate’ is ‘the nicest be aware within the English language’; for others, it represents the very worst positive factors in our nation’s tradition: conformity, bullying, corruption, racism, and misogyny. So what does mateship relatively mean?
Covering greater than two hundred years of white-settler historical past, Mateship demonstrates the richness and paradoxes of the Antipodean model of fraternity, and the way everybody — from the early convicts to our most modern top ministers, on either side of politics — have valued it.
PRAISE FOR NICK DYRENFURTH
‘[A] specified, nuanced and readable examine, which charts the evolution of the idea that in all its complexity’ The Sydney Morning Herald
‘[A] provocative and insightful booklet … the 1st major exploration of what the writer phrases “our secular egalitarian creed” on the grounds that Russel Ward’s path-breaking 1958 paintings The Australian Legend.’ The Australian
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