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Fears and fantasies; modernity, gender and the rural-urban divide.


Fears and fantasies; modernity, gender and the rural-urban divide.

Murphy, Kate.

Peter Lang Publishing Inc


260 pages




Murphy (Monash U., Australia) explores gendered discourses about the rural-urban dichotomy among 20th century Australians for what they reveal about Western ideological understandings of modernity. She focuses on texts generated by prominent public figures debating such social issues as birth rate decline, venereal disease, town planning and urban reform movements, and rural settlement in the states of Victoria and New South Wales (homes, respectively, to the cities of Melbourne and Sydney). She argues that "the fears and fantasies of the elite men under examination" demonstrate an overwhelmingly masculinist discourse in the meanings attached to the rural-urban divide and, in turn, their connection to the meaning of modernity.

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Date:Nov 1, 2010
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