Australia: Identity, Fear and Governance in the 21st Century

Australia: Identity, Fear and Governance in the 21st Century

Edited by: Juliet Pietsch, Haydn Aarons

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The latter years of the first decade of the twenty-first century were characterised by an enormous amount of challenge and change to Australia and Australians. Australia’s part in these challenges and changes is borne of our domestic and global ties, our orientation towards ourselves and others, and an ever increasing awareness of the interdependency of our world. Challenges and changes such as terrorism, climate change, human rights, community breakdown, work and livelihood, and crime are not new but they take on new variations and impact on us in different ways in times such as these.

In this volume we consider these recent challenges and changes and how Australians themselves feel about them under three themes: identity, fear and governance. These themes suitably capture the concerns of Australians in times of such change. Identity is our sense of ourselves and how others see us. How is this affected by the increased presence of religious diversity, especially Islamic communities, and increased awareness of moral and political obligations towards Indigenous Australians? How is it affected by our curious but changing relationship with Asia? Fear is an emotional reaction to particular changes and challenges and produces particular responses from individuals, politicians, communities and nations alike; fear of crime, fear of terrorism and fear of change are all considered in this volume.

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  1. Social Attitudes Towards Contemporary Challenges Facing Australia (PDF, 117KB) – Haydn Aarons and Juliet Pietsch doi
  2. Keeping Our Distance: Non-Indigenous/Aboriginal relations in Australian society (PDF, 294KB) – Maggie Walter doi
  3. Australian Engagement with Asia: Towards closer political, economic and cultural ties (PDF, 146KB) – Juliet Pietsch and Haydn Aarons doi
  4. Minority Religious Identity and Religious Social Distance in Australia (PDF, 154KB) – Gary D. Bouma doi
  5. Are Neighbourhood Incivilities Associated with Fear of Crime? (PDF, 980KB) – Lynne D. Roberts and David Indermaur doi
  6. Terrorism and Public Opinion in Australia (PDF, 196KB) – Juliet Pietsch and Ian McAllister doi
  7. Are We Keeping the Bastards Honest? Perceptions of corruption, integrity and influence on politics (PDF, 163KB) – Clive Bean doi
  8. A New Role for Government? Trends in social policy preferences since the mid-1980s (PDF, 855KB) – Shaun Wilson, Gabrielle Meagher and Kerstin Hermes doi
  9. WorkChoices: An electoral issue and its social, political and attitudinal cleavages (PDF, 336KB) – Murray Goot and Ian Watson doi
  10. How Do Australians Search for Jobs? (PDF, 262KB) – Xianbi Huang and Mark Western doi

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