Bogans and hipsters: we’re talking the living language of class

Bogans and hipsters: we’re talking the living language of class


Christopher Scanlon
Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University

Christopher Scanlon does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

Australia’s a class-free society? If that were so, many of our most popular movies and TV shows such as Ja’mie: Private School Girl simply wouldn’t make any sense. AAP/Supplied by EckFactor
Egalitarianism is an article of faith in Australia. While the nation still faces issues of class, Australians tend to be uncomfortable about discussing these or acknowledging their extent. Interestingly, it has fallen to Australian authors such as Tim Winton and Christos Tsiolkas – as well as American writer David Simon, creator of the TV series The Wire – to wonder at and question the taboo. Continue reading