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In the Stars: Astrology, Psychic Powers and the Australian Media


Darian-Smith, Kate, In the Stars: Astrology, Psychic Powers and the Australian Media, Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: Quarterly Journal of Media Research and Resources, 150, (Special 150th Anniversary Issue) pp. 89-95. ISSN 1329-878X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Media International Australia

DOI: doi:10.1177/1329878X1415000119


Although astrological divinations, demonstrations of psychic powers and the teachings of non-conventional and New Age spirituality have had a ubiquitous presence in the Australian print and broadcast media for almost a century, they have attracted scant attention from media scholars. This article surveys the history of astrological and psychic content in the Australian media from the 1920s, arguing that such content generated new genres of programming and entertainment, and challenged the established authority of religion and scientific knowledge in the public sphere.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Cultural studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, Kate (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:123326
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-01-03
Last Modified:2018-01-19

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