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The law in Anzac Day: an exploration of the commemorative narrative and its implication in the enactment of community

Howard, Matthew (2017) The law in Anzac Day: an exploration of the commemorative narrative and its implication in the enactment of community. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (KAR id:63717)

Language: English

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This research considers the contributory role played by the Anzac commemorative programme in Australia in determining a conception of Australian identity. It is suggested that the commemoration of Anzac Day propagates an exclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from the Australian national community, however nebulous the definition of Australian-ness may be. Bound up in this exploration of the exclusivity of Anzac Day are interrogations of time, memory, historical authority, and expectation.

Moreover, the methodological approach used in this thesis allows questions of truth, knowledge, and relativism to be engaged with. This enables a critique of simple and exclusionary historical authority around which commemorations are built to be developed. The challenge to the facticity of 'a historical truth' builds on the approach taken when identifying the contingent enactment of memory, exemplifying that historical authority is also a political actor implicated in an exclusionary commemorative narrative and not an unequivocal fact.

By demonstrating the role played by the complexity, situatedness, and multiplicity of the aforementioned themes in the development of an Anzac Day commemorative programme, it is possible to understand how a mnemonic narrative is a contested site of legal and political significance.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Uncontrolled keywords: Commemoration, community, exclusion, identity, law, time
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 15:10 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:49 UTC
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