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Popular understandings of 'UnAustralian': an investigation of the un-national


Smith, P and Phillips, T, Popular understandings of 'UnAustralian': an investigation of the un-national, Journal of Sociology, 37, (4) pp. 323-339. ISSN 0004-8690 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/144078301128756373


In social science the 'national' has been studied extensively, but comparatively little attention has been given to the 'un-national'. The article takes up this challenge in an Australian context. Drawing on the work of Raymond Williams, investigation is centred around the keyword 'UnAustralian'. Participants in focus groups were asked to nominate and account for what they thought of as 'UnAustralian' people, places, values, activities, groups and organizations. Analysis of the data revealed that two factors underpinned an attribution: incivility and foreign influence. Contemporary uses revolve around outcomes from globalization and can be contrasted with the centrality of class politics to deployments of the concept in the first part of the 20th century.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Citizenship and national identity
UTAS Author:Phillips, T (Dr Timothy Phillips)
ID Code:21745
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2002-07-11

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