The AFL Anzac Day Match

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Pascoe, Robert (2007) The AFL Anzac Day Match. Communication Culture and Languages Review , 1 (1). pp. 1-8. ISSN 1834-8629


Anzac Day is not a stable ritual, but sufficiently elastic to be altered as circumstances change. Certain elements of the Anzac tradition have become commodified, it could be argued – such as the experience of visiting modern-day Gallipoli – but in each generation there are always contradictory forces at work. Just as there is no one national identity, so too there is no unitary military tradition. Wars like Vietnam and Iraq cause Australians to reflect on this tradition again and again. The AFL Anzac Day match began in 1960, as the war with Japan receded from memory and the Cold War intensified. The 1995 match came at a moment when Vietnam was being reconceptualised and the ‘Australia Remembers’ campaign sought to bring new perspectives on Australia’s role in World War Two.

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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9505 Understanding Past Societies
Historical > FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Keywords ResPubID13906, Australian culture, the Great War, Australian Rules football, VFL clubs, leadership skills
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