Dole Bludgers, Junkies and Shared Houses in Australia, 1972-96

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This chapter of The Art of Laziness sifts through the archive of the dole bludger and the share house to outline the disappearance of Australian arts' relationship to forms of negativity, such as laziness and hedonism. Through a winding tour of 1990s bludger and slacker culture, Jorgensen helps to bring into focus the dominance of the entrepreneurial spirit of our own time. The negative representation of the share house, the dole bludger and the junkie are troubling today because they offer other possibilities for living, for creating relationships and finding pleasure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Art of Laziness
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary Art and Post-Work Politics
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherA+A publishing, University of Melbourne
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)798-0-9924589-0-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


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