Firth, Ann (2004) The breadwinner his wife and their welfare: identity, expertise and economic security in Australian post-war reconstruction. Australian Journal of Politics and History , 50 (4). pp. 491-508. ISSN 0004-9522
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Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2004.00349.x
The architects of Australian post-war reconstruction had learned from the experience of the Depression that subordinating the social order to economic objectives could have disastrous results. In Australia as elsewhere, interwar political and civic institutions were not sufficiently robust to protect society from the instability of a system based on the economically rational choices of individual entrepreneurs. High unemployment, which had characterised the interwar years and reached catastrophic levels in the Depression, convinced the architects of post-war reconstruction that new political institutions were necessary. The civil and political institutions they attempted to create were expressed in a particular anthropology constituted around their own identity as experts and the identities of the entrepreneur, the breadwinner and his wife.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||post-war reconstruction; Australia; economics; politics|
|Fields of Research (FOR2008):||14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140203 Economic History|
|Subjects:||340000 Economics > 340300 Economic History and History of Economic Thought > 340301 Economic History|
|Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008):||UNSPECIFIED|
|Deposited On:||07 Aug 2009 10:36|
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