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Academic snobbery: local historians need more support

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Abstract


  • Local history is one of the most popular forms of history in Australia. Yet there is a yawning gap between the enthusiastic amateur and the academic historian.

    While some academic historians engage with local history, sadly there is an entrenched snobbery from the academy. From the other side, the enthusiastic amateur is too wound up with a parochial approach to local history and often doesn’t see the bigger picture.

    If both sides can engage with each other, the result would be a better type of history practise and a greater contribution to the story of Australia.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Willis, I. 2012, ''Academic snobbery: local historians need more support'', The Conversation, no. 04 April,

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2970&context=artspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1924

Issue


  • 04 April

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Local history is one of the most popular forms of history in Australia. Yet there is a yawning gap between the enthusiastic amateur and the academic historian.

    While some academic historians engage with local history, sadly there is an entrenched snobbery from the academy. From the other side, the enthusiastic amateur is too wound up with a parochial approach to local history and often doesn’t see the bigger picture.

    If both sides can engage with each other, the result would be a better type of history practise and a greater contribution to the story of Australia.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Willis, I. 2012, ''Academic snobbery: local historians need more support'', The Conversation, no. 04 April,

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2970&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1924

Issue


  • 04 April

Place Of Publication


  • Australia