Australia and the Mythology of the 'Lucky Country'
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The paper discusses Australia's characterization as a 'lucky country' and how this suggests egalitarianism, and then presents the argument that this reputation is largely a popular myth constructed on propaganda and cultural denial. The paper demonstrates that consistent with its origins as a colony of the often brutal British Crown, Australia would come to reflect many of the iniquities, prejudices and ethnocentric crimes learned from its forebears. The paper highlights the economic exclusions that so often coincide with ethnic exclusions, and illustrates a most basic need to rectify the impression that Australia's benefits are accessible to all Australians with equality and fairness.
From the Paper:"Australia's record in achieving racial egalitarianism is, as a result of this ethnocentrism, mixed. In Australia, there is evidence today through the realities of globalization that certain implications to this end are changing in such important areas as the economy. The practical effects of ethnocentric cultural propensities can be far reaching, impacting such broader systems as political representation and economy. This latter category is especially important as the absence of inclusion here can have particularly stultifying effects on those who are considered to be social others. The study by Elliot et al (1999) discusses the presence of ethnocentrism in Australian consumer culture as a way of understanding how economic systems tend to reflect cultural and ethnic realities. Coming as it does in an era of emergent and optimistic trade globalization, the article measures trends to the conclusion that historical trends of consumer ethnocentrism are fading in favor of a more pluralistic marketplace. To the point, the article indicates that "although the respondents are moderately ethnocentric as measured by CETSCALE (the study's self-designed instrument for evaluating ethnocentric tendencies), in an actual product choice situation, they were found not to prefer local products. In fact, consumers not only evaluated the quality of the cars and jeans assembled and designed in foreign countries as superior, they also preferred to buy those products." (Elliot et al, 5)"
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- Argy, F. (2005). Is Australia's Egalitarian Society Slipping Away? Centre for Policy Development.
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- Elliot, G.; Cameron, R. & Acharya, C. (1999). An Empirical Investigation of Consumer Ethnocentrism in Australia. Macquarie University.
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