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On Bradmanís bat: Australian sporting heroes


Donoghue, J and Tranter, B, On Bradman's bat: Australian sporting heroes, National Identities, 20, (2) pp. 143-156. ISSN 1460-8944 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14608944.2016.1168792


The Australian way of life is claimed to be a celebration of sporting rather than intellectual achievement. The influence of sport for contemporary Australians is examined by asking a nationally representative sample of Australian adults to identify their most Ďinfluentialí sporting heroes. Men are far more likely than women to view male sporting heroes as influential with a similar pattern apparent for Liberal/National Party identifiers over other party supporters, although younger people are less likely than their older counterparts to nominate male sports stars. Cricket legend Donald Bradmanís iconic status transcends sport, signifying conservative, white, masculine elements of national identity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, national identity, sport, heroes, politics, race
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Citizenship and national identity
UTAS Author:Donoghue, J (Dr Jed Donoghue)
UTAS Author:Tranter, B (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:108929
Year Published:2018 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-05-11
Last Modified:2019-02-01

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