Australia Day Alternative Events: An Exploration of National Identity and Nationalism

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Frew, Elspeth Ann and White, Leanne (2007) Australia Day Alternative Events: An Exploration of National Identity and Nationalism. In: Fourth International Event Research Conference : re-evaluating the city/town : events as a catalyst for change, 11th to 12th July, 2007, Melbourne Australia. O'Mahony, Barry G, Harris, Rob and Mair, Judith, eds. Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria.


This paper examines alternative events held on or around Australia Day and considers their existence in the context of national identity development and Australian nationalism. One highly indicative case study examined is the annual cockroach racing championships. Attention is also given to the contrast between the official events program and the unofficial events staged, which may be described as commercial nationalism - where money is made from the venture. The findings are related to the literature on national identity and, festival and event management.

Item type Book Section
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ISBN 097509579X
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
Historical > FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Historical > SEO Classification > 9003 Tourism
Keywords ResPubID: 13477, nationalism, national identity, Australia Day, alternative events
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