Dr Debbie Rodan is Associate Professor in Media & Cultural Studies at Edith Cowan University and author of Identity and Justice: Conflicts, Contradictions and Contingencies (Peter Lang, 2004), co-author of Disability, Obesity and Ageing: Popular Media Identifications (with Katie Ellis & Pia Lebeck, Routledge, 2014) and co-author of Activism and Digital Culture in Australia (with Jane Mummery, Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Her research interests include public attitudes to animal welfare, identity construction, and engagement of digital media for social change.
ArticlesIntroduction Negative stereotyping of alternative diets such as veganism and other plant-based diets has been common in Australia, conventionally a meat-eating culture (OECD qtd. in Ting). Indeed, meat consumption in Australia is sanctioned by the ubiquity of advertising linking meat-eating to health, vitality and nation-building, and public challenges to such...Read more
EditorialAustralia is still framed as one of the world’s main meat-eating cultures (OECD qtd. in Ting), with a strong normative connection of meat-eating with national identity, as has been illustrated—supposedly in a tongue in cheek way, although this depends on perspective—in Australia Day campaigning by both Meat and Livestock Australia (see fig. 1), and the National Australia Day Council (see...Read more