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&Quot;the Toast Is Anzac": Culture and the Creation of National Identity in World War One Australia

Sandy, Madison
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Sandy, Madison
Advisor
Kumar, Jagdish
Abstract
As Sociologist Michael Mann notes, “to struggle successfully as a class or nation requires a meaning system embodying ultimate values, norms, and ritual and aesthetic practices” (1993:215). The events of Gallipoli and feats of Australian soldiers, wrapped conveniently in the picturesque symbol of the brawny, masculine Anzac, delivered an opportunity to a rather insecure and young colony to develop its own proud narrative. Through the case study of national identity development in World War I Australia, this project more broadly aims to better understand the nuances of cultural power in the creation of nations and nationalism. It will explore who was involved in the creation of the Anzac legend, what did Anzac mean to those various parties, what version or versions of Anzac were crystalized as the mainstream national symbols, and why. We can begin with the single question: how did Anzac become a core part of Australian identity?
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Sociology, PHD, 2014
Published Date
2014-01-23
Degree
PHD
Rights
All rights reserved (no additional license for public reuse)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository

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