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Book reviews : David Palmer, Ross Shanahan, and Martin Shanahan, eds., Australian Labor history reconsidered

Howe, Renate 2001, Book reviews : David Palmer, Ross Shanahan, and Martin Shanahan, eds., Australian Labor history reconsidered, International labor and working-class history, vol. 60, Fall, pp. 222-224.

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Title Book reviews : David Palmer, Ross Shanahan, and Martin Shanahan, eds., Australian Labor history reconsidered
Author(s) Howe, Renate
Journal name International labor and working-class history
Volume number 60
Season Fall
Start page 222
End page 224
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0147-5479
1471-6445
Summary An objective of this collection is to bring the history of the Australian labor movement to international attention. The editors introduce the collection with a brief overview of Australian labor history, emphasizing differences between the Australian and American experiences. The introduction argues that a unique aspect of Australian labor history is “laborism,” which is defined as the central place of the labor movement in Australian culture, as compared with the more marginal position of the labor movement in America. In Australia, this centrality is reflected in the embedding of trade unions and labor in the state through wage-fixing tribunals, a social security system designed to support the families of male wage earners, and the Australian Labor Party's strong links to the trade union movement. The introduction is informative and especially benefits from the insights of David Palmer, an American historian teaching at Adelaide's Flinders University. However, the introduction was apparently written later at the suggestion of an American reader and has thus not been fully integrated into the structure of the book.
Language eng
Field of Research 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Cambridge University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30012402

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