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  • What does it mean to be an Australian in 2020?
  • What does it mean to be an Australian in 2020?
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Snapshot

Australia Snapshot: climate-anxious and losing trust

What’s driving a mini-exodus from capitals to regional cities? Why are young people keen to axe Australia Day? And who are the winners and losers in the gig working revolution? This Cultural Snapshot uses local stats and case studies to explore the behavioural norms shared by Australians in 2020.

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Culture is notoriously difficult to define. You might know culture when you see it, but could you describe it? For us, culture means the behavioural norms shared by a group of people – the things that are learned socially, rather than inherited genetically. So, culture doesn’t drive the desire to eat, but it plays a big part in determining what food you choose.

It’s also constantly on the move. Some aspects of it move faster than others. Anthropologist Grant McCracken divides it into ‘fast’ and ‘slow’. Slow culture shifts over centuries, while fast culture can change in ...

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