Origins of the Anzac Dawn ceremony : spontaneity and nationhood

Mayes, Robyn (2009) Origins of the Anzac Dawn ceremony : spontaneity and nationhood. Journal of Australian Studies, 33(1), pp. 51-65.

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Three separate claims to originating the dawn service – a core element of the Australian Anzac Day ritual and sense of Australian national identity – circulate persistently in contemporary Australian culture. This article offers a critical comparative analysis of these claims, examining in particular the complex interactions between official and lay narratives as part of regional and state identity politics, conventions establishing validity and worth, and the ways in which these narratives incorporate and enable multiple origins. In the process it becomes clear that multiple narratives of origin are vital to a strong sense of spontaneous national identity.

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ID Code: 70262
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Anzac, dawn service, national identity, spontaneity, place, community identity
DOI: 10.1080/14443050802672536
ISSN: 1835-6419
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 16 Apr 2014 04:36
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2014 03:54

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