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Symbolic Boundaries and National Identity in Australia

Timothy L. Phillips
The British Journal of Sociology
Vol. 47, No. 1 (Mar., 1996), pp. 113-134
DOI: 10.2307/591119
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/591119
Page Count: 22
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Symbolic Boundaries and National Identity in Australia
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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.

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