Assimilation: A Pledge to Australia

From this time forward, I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey.[1]

This essay will discuss whether or not Australia’s ‘Anglo’ national identity is perpetuated through assimilation, or is it constantly changing through ‘hybridity?’ This essay will also deliberate between the possibility that assimilation and hybridity are both requirements for the creation of Australia’s Anglo identity. It will consider Australia’s Assimilation Policy through an analysis of the writings of James Jupp[2] and Graeme Turner[3] along with several Australian Cultural Studies theorists. This essay will also make reference to the Australian movie, ‘The wog Boy,’[4] to assist in this discussion.

[1] Citizenship.  2010. The Australian Citizenship Pledge. http://www.citizenship.gov.au/ceremonies/pledge/

[2] J. Jupp. 2001, ‘The Institutions of Culture: Multiculturalism’, in Culture in Australia, eds. Bennett, T. & Carter, D., Cambridge University Press.

[3] Turner, Graeme. 1994, ‘Redefining the Nation: From Purity to Hybridity’, in Making it National: nationalism and Australian popular culture, Allen and Unwin: Sydney.

[4] Aleksi Vellis. 1999. The ‘wog’ Boy.

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