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Peter Merriman, Georgine Clarsen, and Gijs Mom

articles, one by Panagiotis Zestanakis and the other by Bret Edwards. In his article, “Motorcycling in 1980s Athens: Popularization, Representational Politics, and Social Identities,” Zestanakis examines the rapid expansion of motorcycling in the Greek

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Judith A. Nicholson and Mimi Sheller

Race matters. “Too often scholars discuss mobility in the abstract, assuming or omitting the highly consequential matter of the identity of those who move and its effects on how they move.” 1 This special issue on Mobility and Race has invited

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Black Moves

Moments in the History of African-American Masculine Mobilities

Tim Cresswell

exist in terms of human biology, people routinely look to the human body for evidence about racial identity; while it is a biological fiction, it is nonetheless a social fact. 5 A premise of what follows in this article is that mobility has been central

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Frances Steel

authors highlight the importance of attending to Australian regional power and engagement, reconfiguring its identity as a Pacific-oriented nation in an international age. Notes 1 Max Quanchi, “Contrary Images: Photographing the New Pacific in Walkabout

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Introduction

Print Culture, Mobility, and The Pacific, 1920–1950

Victoria Kuttainen and Susann Liebich

identities. In the Australian context, David Carter has argued that a distinct middle-brow culture emerged comparatively late, after the 1930s, strongly connected to cultural nationalism and national cultural institutions. 3 The articles in this special

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Becoming “Pacific-Minded”

Australian Middlebrow Writers in the 1940s and the Mobility of Texts

Anna Johnston

the magazine. By encouraging travel, Walkabout also impacted the way Australians understood and played out emergent regional and national identities. Travel is as much a performance as a cultural practice, as Judith Adler argues, 22 and magazines

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Worldly Tastes

Mobility and the Geographical Imaginaries of Interwar Australian Magazines

Victoria Kuttainen and Susann Liebich

and aspirations of social mobility. The Middlebrow and Mobility: Class, Gender, and Geography In interwar Australia, magazines and periodicals were an important index of society and its print culture, given that national book publishing was still

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The Spectacular Traveling Woman

Australian and Canadian Visions of Women, Modernity, and Mobility between the Wars

Sarah Galletly

elsewhere, in recent years we have seen a “contract[ion] back toward national literary studies of Canada and Australia, in their separate domains.” 3 Despite this separation, Kuttainen identifies a series of parallel inquiries into print culture and the

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Ambivalent Mobilities in the Pacific

“Savagery” and “Civilization” in the Australian Interwar Imaginary

Nicholas Halter

mobilities, identities, and transnational histories. 1 Travel writing itself is an ambiguous and contested category, loosely defined as “a discourse designed to describe and interpret for its readers a geographical area together with its natural attributes