250 Australian Cultural Studies: Contexts and Genealogies* John Frow University of Queensland, Australia Meaghan Morris Sydney, Australia During the past few years, the word 'culture' has come to be used by Australians in a sense that seems far removed from anything to do with artistic and literary texts. When Labor Party Senator Stephen Loosley declares that "resetting industrial policy is really a matter of reshaping cultural attitudes" (Sunday Telegraph, 17 March 1991 ), he is not defining culture as a domain of aesthetic pleasure, as a set of masterpieces, or even as an expression of national identity. Nor is he speaking in economic terms of culture as a major industry which (the Daily Telegraph Mirror [11 October 1990] assures us) "fills Aussie tills". He is referring to a complex of social customs, values and expectations which affect our ways of working. So, too, was Rupert Murdoch in an interview screened on ABC-TV in 1990. Just as the worst company crashes in Australian history ended an era of financial mismanagement and entrepreneurial crime, the Melbourne host of The 7:30 Report asked Mr Murdoch what 'we' should do to save our economy. Mr Murdoch replied perfunctorily, "Oh, you know: change
Asian Journal of Social Science – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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