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

Laughland-Booy, J, Skrbis, Z and Tranter, BK ORCID: 0000-0002-0649-6065 2017 , 'Narratives of nationhood: young Australians’ concepts of nation and their attitudes towards ‘boat people'' , Journal of Sociology , pp. 1-15 , doi: 10.1177/1440783317704991.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Laughland-Booy, J and Skrbis, Z and Tranter, BK
Keywords: asylum seekers, Australia, ‘boat people’, cosmopolitanism, national identity
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sociology
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN: 1440-7833
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1440783317704991
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Copyright 2017 The Authors

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