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Savage or Civilised?: Manners in Colonial Australia

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In colonial Australia, manners marked the difference between savagery and civilization, vulgarity and refinement. An intriguing account chronicling behavior, respect, and etiquette, this record answers questions such as When a New South Wales political leader meets a member of the royal family, should they shake hands? and When doctors disagree over the treatment of a pati ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by University of New South Wales Press (first published 2010)
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Jenny Schwartz
Dec 06, 2011 Jenny Schwartz rated it really liked it
Shelves: real-history, aww2012
For all its wealth of well-researched detail, Savage or Civilised? Manners in Colonial Australia by Penny Russell is a subtle book. It opens with mention of Norbert Elias’s notions of manners and power, and this theme underpins the history. The reader isn’t hit over the head with discussions of power, but the reality of the turbulent colonial period is evident. Power was constantly shifting and with it identity, social status and security.

Manners expressed these shifting power relations and peop
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