Hearn, Mark & Greg Patmore, ed.: Working the nation

Hearn, Mark & Greg Patmore, ed.

Working the Nation: Working Life and Federation, 1890-1914, Pluto Press, Annandale, NSW, 2001

The book explores the impact of Federation on working life in Australia 1890-1914 and how national policy development affected ‘the working culture of the emerging nation’. (blurb) Topics covered include the role of the state, wages and arbitration, gender, race, culture and individual experience. Contributors include Stuart Macintyre, Raelene Frances, John Bannon, Lucy Taksa, Ray Markey, Joy Damousi, Anne Dunne, Erik Eklund, Terry Irving, Neville Kirk, Lenore Layman, Gaby Ramia, Glenda Strachan, Kay Saunders and Nick Wales. ‘This edited collection thoroughly overturns the popular idea that Federation was an event directed by politicians that had little impact on the lives of ordinary Australians.’ (review)

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