Australian Citizenship

Australian Citizenship

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What does it mean to be Australian? How has citizenship developed since federation, given Its British colonial origins? Australians have much to celebrate, but also things to be ashamed of. Brian Galligan and Winsome Roberts compellingly argue that good citizenship depends on discernment of what is worthy of respect and pride and what is shameful in public life. In light of current controversies, such as the rights of refugees and the ongoing inequalities of indigenous Australians, this contention becomes even more compelling and urgent. Arguing against the view that citizenship is an imagined construct, the authors reveal the significance of citizenship to the everyday life of Australians. From an examination of the Federation debates and the design of Australia's constitutional system, they move on to look at the practices in local communities that make up the lived experience of what it is to be an Australian. They reject as impoverished the version of citizenship that is currently in vogue, arguing for an appreciation of citizenship that acknowledges our common language and shared ties to the land and restores a place for nationhood and patriotism.
Along the way, they survey significant public debates about the republic, multiculturalism and human rights. This lucid and accessible book invites the reader to think beyond simplistic answers to the question of what it means to be an Australian in 2004.
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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522850944
  • 9780522850949
  • 2,166,259

About Brian Galligan

Brian Galligan is a professor of political science and head of the political science department at the University of Melbourne. He is the coauthor of "Australians and Globalisation" and the coeditor of "Defining Australian Citizenship" and "A Federal Republic." Dr. Winsome Roberts is a professor of political science at the University of Melbourne. She is a former policy analyst and advisor in the Victoria Public Service.
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