‘Challenging and engaging, The Bogan Delusion pushes readers out of their comfort zone. Nichols possesses one of the best bullshit detectors around.’
Nothing defies cultured Australia's sense of itself more than the bogan - that boorish, racist, drunken, sexist, bethonged, Barnesy-loving embarrassment out there in the back blocks.
Part travelogue, part social critique, The Bogan Delusion explores the cultural and social landscape of Australia in 2011. It reveals, with searing analysis and sharp wit, that the bogan so widely feared is nothing more than a bogey: a framework for invisible borders and a convenient excuse for many to never venture beyond the cafe-lined cocoon of the inner city.
About the Author
David Nichols lectures in urban planning at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of The Go-Betweens and co-editor with Hannah Lewi of Community: Building Modern Australia. He has written for The Age, Rolling Stone, Meanjin, Puncture and The Big Issue.
Opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald