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The importance of Australian national identity to a sense of belonging of Anglo-Celtic and Chinese cultural groups in regional Australia

By Jeff Hodgins, Gail Moloney and Heather Winskel


This study explored the primacy of importance of Australian national identity as underpinning belongingness of Anglo-Celtic and Chinese cultural groups. A mixed-method approach comprised focus groups and interviews was used. Australian national identity did not hold primacy of importance to a sense of belonging in either group, however family identities were of primary importance to both, together with cultural identity of the Chinese. Anglo-Celtic\u27s felt culturally disassociated, whereas Chinese sought majority acceptance through cultural promotion, and bicultural identification. Findings call for further research of Australian national identity of the majority and other minority cultural groups

Topics: National identity, cultural identity, belonging, majority, minority, Medicine and Health Sciences
Publisher: ePublications@SCU
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.1080/14608944.2015.1061490
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