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Beefeaters, Bobbies, and a New Varangian Guard? Negotiating Forms of “Britishness” in Suburban Australia


Wills, S and Darian-Smith, K, Beefeaters, Bobbies, and a New Varangian Guard? Negotiating Forms of 'Britishness' in Suburban Australia, History of Intellectual Culture, 4, (1) pp. 1-19. ISSN 1492-7810 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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The recent emergence of "Britfests" provides a point of departure for investigating the complex transitional narratives of migrancy, ethnicity, and "belonging" among British migrants in modern Australia. We argue that the recreational representation of "Britishness" at these events reflects broader trends in the re-imagination of "Britishness" in Australia now a source of popular and scholarly debate. Such events are seen as representative of a newly-emergent sense of identity among British migrants — an organic reawakening of "community" pride, nationhood, and sense of privilege in a society that publicly proclaims a multiculturally-hued nationalism. We explore the ramifications for identity formation among British migrants, particularly as located in the Melbourne suburb of Frankston, as a situated example of how ethnic and national identities may be expressed. Local contexts can shed new light not only on the ways in which conceptions of "Britishness" are formed and negotiated by migrants in an Australian context, but also on the broader British diaspora in nations shaped by the historical processes and legacies of British imperialism, colonization, and migration.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:culture, Australia
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Cultural studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:124240
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-02-14
Last Modified:2018-04-23

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