The breadwinner his wife and their welfare: identity, expertise and economic security in Australian post-war reconstruction

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

Abstract

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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Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version unavailable.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2009 00:36
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: post-war reconstruction; Australia; economics; politics
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140203 Economic History
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2004.00349.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5541

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