Popular Culture

Richard White*, Hsu Ming Teo

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter examines popular culture of the British Empire in Australia. It identifies the underlying structural reasons for the emphasis on 'the popular' in the creative output of the colonies and evaluates the imperial myths and meanings which animated the popular pastimes of the colonists. It suggests that even popular ephemera normally associated with the promotion of a distinctive Australian nationalism were often created against imperial and even determined by it.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralia's Empire
EditorsDeryck M. Schreuder, Stuart Ward
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780191701894
ISBN (Print)9780199563739
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2008


  • Australia
  • British empire
  • Imperial loyalty
  • Nationalism
  • Pastimes
  • Popular culture

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