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Class systems in Australia (revisited)

Posted on: July 16, 2009

THIS HAS BEEN DISCUSSED WITH ANOTHER CLASS PREVIOUSLY AND CAN BE VIEWED HERE

plus ‘BOGANS’ and transcript

TODAY: article and audio

The teaching of ‘culture’ is always a controversial issue. People often argue that culture cannot be taught, only experienced. That is definitely true, to a point. So that is partly why we’re going on an excursion to Harry’s on Friday. Even then, some of my fellow Sydneysiders would cringe at the thought of our culture being represented by a meat pie. But that’s just the Australian ‘cultural cringe’.

We discussed and read about some of the class systems that seem to exist in Australian culture with the article above. This article describes the way Australians want to be perceived by their fellow people. The excessive patriotism that we were known for is now embarrassing for some (at least in Sydney) and that is explained in the article.

We also discussed some of the culture in your hometown. Moa described Cafe St and Helen said that we should ignore the attractions of the street near her local uni and instead take us to the royal palace in Seoul.

And CJ… gowmegi? How is it spelt CJ? I can’t seem to find it anywhere! CJ said he would take us for a traditional raw fish meal that sounded kind of gross, but never mind, I’m always hungry! Pictures of all of these when I can find them.

What are the class systems like in your country? Do they exist? And what are some of the common features of the different classes?

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