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Transience, memory and induced amnesia: the re-imagining of Darwin

Roberts, J. and Young, M. (2008). Transience, memory and induced amnesia: the re-imagining of Darwin. Journal of Australian Studies,32(1):51-62.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 78217904xPUB19
Title Transience, memory and induced amnesia: the re-imagining of Darwin
Author Roberts, J.
Young, M.
Journal Name Journal of Australian Studies
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 32
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1444-3058   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-61549090052
Start Page 51
End Page 62
Total Pages 10
Publisher Routledge
Field of Research 1606 - Political Science
2103 - Historical Studies
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The 'Territory' is distinctive for the degree to which the non-Indigenous population in particular migrates in and out. This mobility covers the spectrum from short term tourist and business migration at one end, through to longer term residential migration at the other. Focusing on the urban centre of Darwin, this article explores the ways in which high population turnover results in a process of selective remembering and forgetting, one that re-imagines and re-presents the city to appeal to an increasingly mobile visitor population. Focusing on significant events in Darwin's history, including Cyclone Tracy and the second world war bombing of Darwin, it explores how the negotiated memories of seminal events are re-imagined by promotional strategies in a way that unhinges the past and attempts to construct a new identity attractive to potential migrants and tourists. The article argues that the challenges of constructing an enduring, meaningful and significant sense of place, within a context of flux and transience, force Darwin to constantly negotiate a 'paradox of place', attracting people by its otherness, while simultaneously enticing them to stay through its capacity to match the lifestyle expectations of elsewhere.
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