Introduction / Geoffrey Gray, Doug Munro and Christine Winter -- Part I: The Australians / Geoffrey Gray and Christine Winter -- A.P. Elkin: public morale and propaganda / John Pomeroy -- Conlon's remarkable circus / Cassandra Pybus -- H. Ian Hogbin: 'official adviser on native affairs' / Geoffrey Gray -- W.E.H. Stanner: wasted war years / Geoffrey Gray -- Camilla Wedgwood: 'what are you educating natives for' / David Wetherell -- Ronald Murray Berndt: 'work of national importance' / Geoffrey Gray -- The road to Conlon's circus-and beyond: a personal retrospective / J.D. Legge -- Part II: The New Zealanders / Doug Munro -- Derek Freeman at war / Peter Hempenstall -- J.W. Davidson on the home front / Doug Munro -- Neville Phillips and the mother country / Jock Phillips -- Dan Davin: the literary legacy of war / Janet Wilson.
Examines the effect World War II had of the careers of Australasian social scientists. It links a group of scholars through geography, transnational, national and personal scholarly networks, and shared intellectual traditions, explores their use and contextualizes their experiences and contributions within wider examinations of the role of intellectuals in war.