ANZAC Day media representations of women in Perth, 1960 – 2012

Mayes, Robyn & Seal, Graham (2014) ANZAC Day media representations of women in Perth, 1960 – 2012. In Oliver, Bobbie & Summers, Sue (Eds.) Lest We Forget? Marginalised Aspects of Australia at War and Peace. Black Swan Press, Perth, WA, pp. 117-135.

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The annual Anzac Day observance is a focus for articulating popular notions of Australian national identity. Early Anzac Day observations were characterised by a diversity of observational modes, many distinctly masculine and militarist in character; including sports, competitions and marches. It was from the late 1920s that the now characteristic structure of the day (dawn service - march -follow-on - afternoon celebrations including eating, drinking and playing of the gambling game two-up, illegal on every other day of the year} became the dominant form. 1 Widely believed to have experienced an extended nadir in the 1960s and 1970s, since the 1980s Anzac Day has arguably become the single most important national event in the Australian calendar, involving probably the largest-numbers of Australians, many of them young, in the same temporal observance in a multitude of locations across the country and around the world.2 To date, there is a rich literature around Anzac Day observations and meanings focussing on its cultural I folkioric role'; the production of (masculinised) national identity;pilgrimage;' popular memory I history;' and the contemporary reshaping of the Anzac myth by and for indigenous participants.'

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ID Code: 76138
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: ANZAC Day, Media Representations , Women , Perth
ISBN: 9780987567031
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 12 Sep 2014 03:09
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2015 05:00

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