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...Strangers in a Strange Land
Surfers Paradise, Postmodernism and Material Culture

Gordon Fletcher

A Dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Faculty of Humanities
Griffith University
3 June 1994


Chapter One - Introduction.

    A Strange Utopia.

Chapter Two - Postmodernism, "Reality" and Material Culture.

    Interpreting Things.
    "Finding Reality."
    Societies of Others.
    Encountering the Boundaries of Social Life.

Chapter Three - Representations of Surfers Paradise.

    This is the "Real" City! Is this the "Real" City?
    Trophies for the Gazing Consumer.
    Imagining Difference, Seeing Difference.

Chapter Four - Other Elements and Different Representations.

    Japanese and ethnographic Others.
    The Residents - the unrepresented Others.
    The Researcher - the theoried Other.

Chapter Five - Conclusions.

    There Are Eight Million Stories in the Naked City...



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