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Symbolic Boundaries and National Identity in Australia

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Phillips, T, Symbolic Boundaries and National Identity in Australia, British Journal of Sociology, 47, (1) pp. 113-134. ISSN 0007-1315 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.2307/591119

Abstract

Working broadly within the late-Durkheimian tradition of cultural sociology, the symbolic boundaries of the Australian national community are conceptualized in terms of a typology composed of two dimensions: 'friends'/'enemies' and 'internal'/'external'. The typology is operationalized, and the specific empirical content of the four cells examined using quantitative data from the Australian National Social Science Survey (1984-85). The paper investigates how emotional attachment to the Australian national community causally effects attitude formation on three national issues; monarchism, aboriginality and multiculturalism. Also, the social determinants behind variation in emotional attachment to orthodox symbolic conceptions of the Australian national community are systematically investigated and measured.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community Service (excl. Work)
Objective Field:Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified
Author:Phillips, T (Dr Timothy Phillips)
ID Code:26753
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2003-08-21
Last Modified:2011-11-29
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