A whole new take on armchair travel for curious minds, who wonder what's happening where the West meets the rest. The answer, as intrepid journalist Doug Hendrie discovers on his extended travels to the furthest flung corners of the world, is a surprising set of unpredictable adaptions, each of which makes for fascinating reading. Meet the professional videogame superstars in South Korea, playing the Starcraft game the US invented and then abandoned. Discover hardcore punks in Indonesia, rebelling against a far more totalitarian regime than Thatcher's ever was. Everywhere Hendrie goes, it's globalisation - but not as we know it. Part whirlwind world tour through surprising subcultures, part subtle sociological study, all immersive reportage with humour and warmth, AmalgaNations takes the reader across, Asia, Oceania and Africa to discover how people are adapting or repurposing 'global' cultures. The future is here. And it is one of hybrid lives.
About the Author
A freelance foreign correspondent, magazine writer and lecturer, Doug Hendrie's interest is in the unusual - subcultures, personalities, histories. He's reported on everything from Gold Coast sex surrogates to the Cave Clan urban explorers of Melbourne, and was the principle researcher for Jacqueline Kent's biography of Julia Gillard. His work has been published in Edge magazine, The Diplomat, The Australian, The Age, The Griffith Review, ABC's The Drum, Sunday Life and more.
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Comments about AmalgaNations:
Intriguing look at what happens to Western culture when it goes overseas. So you get punks in Jakarta and celebrity video game players in Korea. Well worth a read.
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st February 2014
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.4 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.46