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H Carey, Believing in Australia: A Cultural History of Religions


Ely, RG, H Carey, Believing in Australia: A Cultural History of Religions, Electronic Journal of Australian and New Zealand History, (26 Apr) pp. 1. ISSN 1324-2342 (1997) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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Carey states that the basic intention of this 'nonspecialist' study '...has been to examine religious cultures as they have reflected cultural transformations in Australian society (p. x)'. She thereby implies that religion has been a secondary or dependent variable in Australian history, and also a rather puny one. Religious culture in Australia, she asserts, 'has been characterised by transience and transformation', and was 'achieved by the action of the waves of contact and migrant experiences, from first European occupation to postcolonial society, on the beach of the Australian experience.' Aboriginal religions, by contrast, are religions of the land and, it seems, religions in a proper and strong sense.

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Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:Hilary Carey, Australia, religion, religious culture, cultural history, Aboriginal, European
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Ely, RG (Dr Richard Ely)
ID Code:11005
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2013-01-02

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