Tranter, BK and Donoghue, J, Ned Kelly: Armoured Icon, Journal of Sociology, 46, (2) pp. 187-205. ISSN 1440-7833 (2010) [Refereed Article]
© 2010 The Australian Sociological Association.
Myths associated with outlaws or ‘social bandits’ are important elements of national identity in many countries. Long after his death the outlaw Ned Kelly lives on in Australian culture through various media, ensuring his enduring symbolic importance for national identity. National survey data indicates Kelly’s salience for a majority of Australians, although attitudes regarding his status as hero or villain vary considerably. Younger, left-leaning, working-class Australians and consumers of popular culture view Kelly as important, while tertiary-educated, political conservatives tend to downplay his significance. Perceptions of Kelly’s character also influence attitudes regarding his national significance. The lack of foundation heroes in a nation built not only by free settlers but also by English convicts and Irish rebels goes some way to explaining why a 19th-century outlaw is one of the few historical figures recognized by a majority of Australians.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Australian identity, bushrangers, national identity, Ned Kelly, outlaws|
|Research Division:||Human Society|
|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:||Tranter, BK (Professor Bruce Tranter)|
|UTAS Author:||Donoghue, J (Dr Jed Donoghue)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||9|
|Deposited By:||Sociology and Social Work|
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