Americanization and Australia by Philip Bell, Roger Bell

By Philip Bell, Roger Bell

Americanization and Australia is a suite of essays exploring the negotiation of impression and tool taken with Americanization overseas. supplying a various reaction by means of experts in different fields, this publication is an research of id politics.

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71, 1926–28, no. 42, pp. 121–29; Ina Bertrand ‘Not Suitable for Children: A Survey of Movements in Australia to Protect Children from the Harmful Effects of Films’ Cinema Papers 2, April 1974, pp. 117–21. 52 B. Tildesley, ‘International Aspects of the Cinema’, Australian Quarterly, 14 March 1934, p. 110; ‘The Far East’ Film Year Book, 1928, p. 943. 53 ‘The Pope’s Encyclical’, Everyones, 12 August 1936, p. 8. 54 Report of Address Delivered by Sydney Censor W. Cresswell O’Reilly before the Good Film League in the Education Building, 20 July 1926: O’Brien Legal File, UA (Australasia) Ltd.

For him, there was the good majority–the populace as a whole, the general public, the people–and the bad minority–politicians, newspaper editors, church leaders, social reformers, manufacturers: a collection that would seem to fulfil most of the usual criteria for a social elite or the leaders of society. It was a collection, too, that was almost directly analogous with the American Americanisers of the decade before. In an older way of arguing, this analytic segregation of a foreign nation in a diplomatic report might constitute prime evidence for an attempt by the American government and the economic interests it protected to extend their sway over Australia.

6d. 6d. 26 The usual conflation of British with Australian in most of these campaigns led to the demand for Empire preference, which satisfied Anglophile patriots but left local manufacturers with only limited support. Although both of these modes of resistance seem clearly to involve anti-American activity, the distinction between them and antiAmericanisation is not easy to sustain in practice. Thus, in 1925 the Australian Worker reported on a deputation of workers from the printing and design trades seeking a heavier duty on imported books.

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