A hard culture? Religion and politics in turn-of-the-century Australian history

Bellanta, Melissa (2010) A hard culture? Religion and politics in turn-of-the-century Australian history. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 56 1: 55-65. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8497.2010.01541.x

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Author Bellanta, Melissa
Title A hard culture? Religion and politics in turn-of-the-century Australian history
Journal name Australian Journal of Politics and History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9522
Publication date 2010-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2010.01541.x
Volume 56
Issue 1
Start page 55
End page 65
Total pages 11
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract The idea that Australia developed a uniquely " hard" political culture after 1788 - a culture that prized the rational and made short shift of religion - has had plenty of currency over the years. This idea has been challenged in recent scholarship, along with the broader notion that Western society became secularised during the twentieth century. Set against the backdrop of a wider challenge to the " secularisation narrative" , this article explores the work of several historians dealing with the relationship between religion and Australian politics at the turn of the twentieth century. These historians, who include Al Gabay, Frank Bongiorno, Bruce Scates, and Judith Brett, are creating " softer" understandings of Australian political history. As a consequence, I suggest, their work has implications for the way we think about the relationship between the religious and secular Left, as well as for the way we think about Australian masculinities and culture more generally. © 2010 The Author. Journal Compilation © 2010 School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
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