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The enigma of the bogan and its significance to class in Australia: A socio-historical analysis

Paternoster, HJ, Warr, D and Jacobs, K ORCID: 0000-0002-1377-0069 2018 , 'The enigma of the bogan and its significance to class in Australia: A socio-historical analysis' , Journal of Sociology , pp. 1-7 , doi:

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This analysis offers a historical perspective to chart the contested discourses that informunderstandings of the figure of the ‘bogan’, suggesting its evocation reflects unresolved tensionsand accumulated meanings left by the various reconfigurations of class politics since colonialsettlement in Australia. We focus on three key historical periods to show how socio-politicalformations influence both classed identities and class relations: the 1890s, when the ethos ofthe labour movement was established as the central imaginative motif of a nascent Australiannation; the post-war years, when Robert Menzies offered a political project grounded in theexperiences of the middle classes; and the 1990s, where there were complex translocations ofclass allegiances. We trace how several meaning(s) of class have accumulated and been reworkedacross these periods and, related to this, how the ‘bogan’ is a composite of left- and right-wingpolitical ideas that articulate different kinds of virtue and unworthiness.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Paternoster, HJ and Warr, D and Jacobs, K
Keywords: class, class culture, culture, methodology, political sociology, social movements, sociological theory, sociology
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sociology
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN: 1440-7833
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