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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
National Identities
  • Jeff Hodgins, Southern Cross University
  • Gail Moloney, Southern Cross University
  • Heather Winskel, Southern Cross University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2016
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract
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's 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.
Citation Information

Hodgins, J , Moloney, G & Winskel, H 2016, 'The importance of Australian national identity to a sense of belonging of Anglo-Celtic and Chinese cultural groups in regional Australia', National Identities, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 345-368.

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http://doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2015.1061490