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The Anzacs: military influences on Australian identity


Donoghue, J and Tranter, B, The Anzacs: military influences on Australian identity, Journal of Sociology, 51, (3) pp. 449-463. ISSN 1440-7833 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1440783312473669


The traditions associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers – the Anzacs – comprise an important element of the Australian narrative. Although Australian and New Zealand soldiers did not officially become ‘Anzacs’ until they joined forces on the Western Front, the Anzacs are associated with the trauma of the Gallipoli campaign. Anzacs ‘live on’ in contemporary Australian culture, celebrated as national heroes by artists, politicians and writers. The Anzacs’ place in Australian history is enshrined through annual Anzac Day commemorations that legitimize idealized, heroic aspects of Australian identity. Drawing upon national survey data we show that Anzacs still have a strong influence on how Australians see themselves. Attitudes toward Anzacs vary only marginally according to social and political background, although they are most salient for middle-aged, less educated, Australian-born citizens, who are proud of their defence forces and exhibit a close attachment to Australia as a nation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Anzacs, Australian identity, Gallipoli, military
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:Donoghue, J (Dr Jed Donoghue)
UTAS Author:Tranter, B (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:84327
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-05-07
Last Modified:2017-12-14

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