Narratives of nationhood: Young Australians’ concepts of nation and their attitudes towards ‘boat people’

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Laughland-Booy, J., Skrbis, Zlatko and Tranter, Bruce. (2017) Narratives of nationhood: Young Australians’ concepts of nation and their attitudes towards ‘boat people’. Journal of Sociology. 53(2), pp. 367 - 381. https://doi.org/10.1177/1440783317704991
AuthorsLaughland-Booy, J., Skrbis, Zlatko and Tranter, Bruce
Abstract

In Australia, questions surrounding national identity often feature in public discussions on asylum seekers. Using qualitative interview data collected from 40 participants in an ongoing study of young people in Queensland, we explore the connections between young people’s understandings of Australian national identity and their attitudes towards ‘boat people’. We identify distinct points of interconnection and disjuncture between participants’ notions of being ‘Australian’ and their thoughts on how Australia should respond to asylum seekers. With respect to the asylum seeker debate, we find narratives of Australian nationhood are flexible in interpretation and can serve contrasting and competing functions.

Keywordsasylum seekers; Australia; ‘boat people’; cosmopolitanism; national identity
Year2017
JournalJournal of Sociology
Journal citation53 (2), pp. 367 - 381
PublisherSage
ISSN1440-7833
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1440783317704991
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85020852737
Page range367 - 381
ProjectOur Lives Project
Research GroupSchool of Arts
Grant IDARC/DP0557667
ARC/DP0878781
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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