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Exploring Australian National Identity: Heroes, Memory and Politics


Donoghue, J and Tranter, B, Exploring Australian National Identity: Heroes, Memory and Politics, Emerald Publishing Limited, United Kingdom, pp. 184. ISBN 978-1-78756-506-7 (2018) [Authored Research Book]

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This book explores the attitudes and values of Australians, analysing how Australian national values are promoted and reflected by heroic figures (both living and dead) who are identified as important and influential.

Who are the ‘heroes, saints and sages’ that exemplify the Australian national character? Who do Australians, as citizens of a settler society, nominate as their contemporary heroes? What is the role of colonial and post-colonial figures regarding contemporary Australian identity? This book reassesses the influence of convicts, bushrangers, Ned Kelly, the ANZACS, sporting heroes, and the nation’s most ‘important people’ in terms of national identity.

Sporting ‘heroes’ such as Don Bradman, and historical figures like Ned Kelly might be expected to feature prominently but the authors identify other nationally important Australians, and gauge how well they symbolize Australian national identity. While collective ‘heroes’ such as the Anzacs are acclaimed in popular conceptions of national identity, Australians also identify with particular ‘heroic’ individuals who personify practical aspects of the national character and ‘mythscape’, including well known federal politicians, surgeons and scientists.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:Australian identity, convicts, free settlers, bushrangers, Ned Kelly, Don Bradman, Anzacs
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
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:126832
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-06-27
Last Modified:2018-12-03

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