Finding a place for women in Australian cultural history: Female cultural activism in Sydney, 1900-1940

Hunt, Jane E. (2004) Finding a place for women in Australian cultural history: Female cultural activism in Sydney, 1900-1940. Australian Historical Studies, 36 124: 221-237. doi:10.1080/10314610408596286

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Author Hunt, Jane E.
Title Finding a place for women in Australian cultural history: Female cultural activism in Sydney, 1900-1940
Journal name Australian Historical Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1031-461X
1940-5049
Publication date 2004-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10314610408596286
Volume 36
Issue 124
Start page 221
End page 237
Total pages 17
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Language eng
Subject 21 History and Archaeology
2103 Historical Studies
Abstract With only a few exceptions, the endeavours of culturally active women appear as irrelevant or marginal to the history of Australian culture. Australian cultural historiography dwells an antithetic relationships, whether between cultural-political elites, gendered spaces and practices, or elitist and popular culture. However. this historical preoccupation with dichotomous nations of class, gender, and culture has deflected attention from other aspects of the struggle to define culture. Cultural definitions were far from fixed for most of the first half of the twentieth century in Australia. Negotiations on what constituted appropriate cultural form. content, and practice are apparent inside and outside establishment institutions where they existed, in movements to found cultural institutions where they did not exist, and in grass roots personal and collective choices. Women who were culturally active may be viewed as participants in these formative negotiations. Through the creative application of gendered skills and practices such as nurturance, networking and charity fund-raising they made clear their views on who or what should be considered as cultural in Australia. This culture of cultural activism will be considered in the case of same Sydney women.
Keyword Sex role
Sydney - culture
Sydney - history
Q-Index Code C1

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