Earth and Industry: Stories from Gippsland

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Erik Eklund, Julie Fenley
Monash University Publishing, 2015 - Social Science - 323 pages
How have individuals and communities responded to change, and how have they interacted with the physical environments around them? This book assembles contributions that examine the historic and contemporary relations of people and the environment in an area - specifically, Gippsland in Victoria, Australia. The book is built upon a many-layered history of environmental modifications and on the cusp of rapid economic and social change. It takes account of Aboriginal and 'white' relations, 'old' and 'new' forms of pastoralism and agriculture, water and coastal management and fishing, mining and industrialization, forestry, heritage management, and increasing political tensions in relation to the environment. The result is a story of challenges, hardships, and conflicts, as well as resourcefulness and innovation. Earth and Industry: Stories from Gippsland offers an encompassing portrait of this Australian region, exploring its historical, social, and geographical diversity. It takes the reader to parts of the region which belie the predominant media image of the smoke stacks of the Latrobe Valley. It will be of interest to those seeking to understand the complex interplay of 'country' and 'city' within a world of international economic connections and flows. (Series: Monash Studies in Australian Society) [Subject: Australian Studies, Sociology, Environmental Studies, History]

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About the author (2015)

Erik Eklund is a Professor of History at Monash University with a strong interest in regional and community history. He has worked at the Gippsland campus since 2008, and more recently at the Berwick campus. His most recent book, Mining Towns: making a living, making a life, was published in 2012 by UNSW Press. His previous work, Steel Town: the making and breaking of Port Kembla won the NSW Premier's Prize for Regional and Community History in 2003.Julie Fenley is the Acting Director of the Monash Centre for Gippsland Studies and lectures in history at Monash Gippsland. Her research focuses on Aboriginal history, and her PhD thesis, Dealing with a Nation: Conceptualising Aboriginal Sovereignty, 1950-1990 examined Indigenous peoples engagement with the Australian state. She also has a broad interest in public history and museum studies, and recent publications have included heritage studies funded by Heritage Victoria.

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