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All countries build tales of nationwide belonging, tales of the nation’s personality, its accomplishments, its defining qualities, its historic trajectory. those tales, or discourses of nationwide identification, hold robust messages approximately gender and race, messages that replicate, reproduce and infrequently problem social hierarchies. Gender, Race and nationwide Identity examines hyperlinks among gender, race and nationwide id within the US, united kingdom, Australia and Japan. The booklet takes an leading edge method of nationwide id via reading a variety of ephemeral and dad cultural texts, from Olympic commencing ceremonies, to tv ads, letters to the editor, broadsheet battle assurance, go back and forth brochures, museums and residing historical past vacationer venues. Its wealthy empirical element and systematic cross-national comparisons permit for a fuller theorization of nationwide id.

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National pride was bolstered by the 1954 visit of Queen Elizabeth II, the first visit by a reigning British monarch, and by Australia’s 26 Gender, Race and National Identity performance at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the first Olympic Games to be held in the Southern Hemisphere. ”18 But one twentieth-century sporting figure, Donald Bradman, would rise above all others in the postwar years, being hailed as a national hero and an exemplar of Australianness. 19 Today Bradman, “The Don,” remains a common point of reference in discourses of national identity.

2 Not surprisingly, therefore, early discourses of national identity were dominated by masculine archetypes, many of which endure today. Furthermore, current Discourses of National Identity in Australia 19 discussions of the national character frequently evoke Australia’s convict heritage when asserting that Australians today are antiauthoritarian, irreverent, and fiercely egalitarian. It was 26 January 1788 when Captain (soon to be Governor) Arthur Phillip planted the British flag at Sydney Cove, establishing British sovereignty over much of the eastern Australian mainland.

However, the notion of China as Japan’s civilizational superior was losing Discourses of National Identity in Japan 37 its hold, a hold that was broken definitively with Japan’s defeat of China in the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–1895. 4 Although a relatively small number of European traders and Christian missionaries arrived in Japan in the sixteenth century, Edo leaders grew sceptical of their political motivations and eventually either expelled them or strictly circumscribed their activities. However, when US Commodore Matthew Perry arrived with his gunships in 1853, the national Others against whom Japan defined itself radically shifted from China and Asia to the Western powers.

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