People Like Uspresents a completely new take on the nature of social divisions in Australia, with stories that take the reader inside particular communities. Packed with tales of colliding worlds, Griffith Review 8confronts old stereotypes, to celebrate the rich tapestry of the Australian experience in the new century.A decade of wedge politics has left many confused about the common ground, as they retreat into like-minded communities. The causes and consequences of this divided society can be affirming, but fear and envy can also flourish. Are these divisions necessary, or desirable? Can empathy be learnt? Is a civil civic conversation possible, or are we retreating into defensive ghetto groups? Is this a moral issue or an economic one? Is a new Australian ethos emerging - if so what is it? To what extent is the political environment responsible for these divisions - or a product of them?This issue includes a long keynote essay from Margaret Simons.
Other contributors include Robyn Williams, John Marsden, Jay Verney, Carmel Bird, Martin Krygier, Caroline Jones, David Dale, Ann Curthoys, Merle & Sigrid Thornton, Vincent Plush, David Burchill, Inez Baranay, Michael Wilding, Marian Halligan and more.