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Type: Journal article
Title: Constructing the Port: External Perceptions and Intervention in the Creation of Place in Port Adelaide, South Australia
Author: Rofe, M.
Oakley, S.
Citation: Geographical Research, 2006; 44(3):272-284
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 1745-5871
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Matthew W. Rofe, Susan Oakley
Abstract: Port Adelaide, South Australia has been stigmatised as ‘Port Misery’ for over one hundred and fifty years. The origins of this stigmatised discourse can be traced prior to actual colonisation, having their genesis in wide political debates. This reflects the complex and contested nature of landscape, revealing that ‘Port Misery’ constitutes a powerful meta-narrative that has been projected onto Port Adelaide by powerful and often external actors. This stigmatising discourse may lie dormant for prolonged periods of time, only to be remobilised to serve specific political, social and economic objectives. Recently, the ‘Port Misery’ discourse has been remobilised to justify the redevelopment of Port Adelaide from an industrial to a post-industrial landscape.
Keywords: Port Adelaide
Port Misery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2006.00389.x
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