Panics over the culture wars, political correctness and victim feminism, rap music, ecstasy and body piercings . . . our cultural landscape is currently peppered with examples of a desperately backward-looking stasis and a fearful hanging-on.
In Gangland Mark Davis analyses the dated ideals and assumptions of Australia's cultural establishment, and their near monopoly on cultural debate. Who are these people? What do they do? How is their influence affecting public forums and the media? Where does that leave the young people of today?
Davis's irreverent prose cuts across the moral panics and anxieties that characterise Australian culture to detect a deep-seated fear of change - a fear that is often expressed as hostility towards youth. Gangland names names and maps networks, laying bare the discrepancies between reality and the images peddled by some of Australia's most popular thinkers, questioning the ideas that have characterised Australia in the nineties.
'Deserves to become a manifesto for a disenfranchised generation' Australian Financial Review
'Finally somebody on the side of late teens and twentysomethings in Australia . . . [a] brilliant argument of a book' Adrian Smart, Cream
'Gangland has sparked a valuable debate, one which I've been looking forward to for years' Kathy Bail, Australian Book Review
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 1st July 1999
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 2