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

Smith, Philip and Phillips, Tim (2001) Popular understandings of 'UnAustralian': an investigation of the un-national. Journal of Sociology, 37 4: 323-339. doi:10.1177/144078301128756373

Author Smith, Philip
Phillips, Tim
Title Popular understandings of 'UnAustralian': an investigation of the un-national
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8690
Publication date 2001-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/144078301128756373
Volume 37
Issue 4
Start page 323
End page 339
Total pages 17
Place of publication London
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
370199 Sociology not elsewhere classified
750308 National identity
1608 Sociology
Abstract 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.
Keyword Sociology
Focus Groups
Foreign Influence
National Identity
Popular Culture
Q-Index Code C1

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