Being Australian: Narratives of National Identity

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Following a decade of major social and cultural change in Australia, this study looks at what exactly it means to be Australian and examines how different concepts—such as egalitarianism and sporting prowess—have been used to create a national identity. Serving as a broad introduction to Australian history and social science, it explores the origins and effects of the national character, including the dominant ideas of class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and race in modern society.

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Catriona Elder lectures in the department of sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney.

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"A timely and significant new analysis—essential reading on issues of identity and our own anxieties about national belonging and what it means to 'be Australian' in a globalising world."  —Kate Darian-Smith, professor of Australian studies and history, University of Melbourne

"A clever work: incisive and original. At a time when Australian identities have never been more debated, Elder finds an open way through the closed doors which often restrict cultural representations of 'Australian-ness.'"  —Adam Shoemaker, dean of arts, The Australian National University

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