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ERIC Number: ED479145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Somewhere to Call Home? Schooling and a Sense of Place and Belonging in an Increasingly Globalised World.
Gill, Judith; Howard, Sue
This paper approaches the issue of national identity in terms of a felt recognition of belonging and a desire to identify with a place, such as Australia. Drawing on the Sydney Olympic Opening Ceremony's representations of national identity, the paper argues that a new sense of the legitimacy of diverse nationalisms and ethnicities of origin and destination is replacing the traditional, hegemonic version of what it means to be Australian. The paper notes that, traditionally, the school played a large part in the formation of national identity through various practices designed to induce a sense of national pride and loyalty. It describes conducting a study with urban primary school children of diverse backgrounds (n=80) and exploring the affective dimensions of what it currently means to belong and to feel a sense of affiliation towards Australia. It states that the study found that children who participated expressed a sense of national belonging and pride different from and similar to traditional expressions of national allegiance and their enthusiasm for exploring these issues was palpable. The paper concludes by suggesting that schools do continue to play a role in nation building, not by returning to the practices of the past, but by making space for young people to explore and negotiate their own complex responses to the concept of national identity. (Contains a 16 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia