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'A pernicious system of caste and privilege' Egalitarianism and official honours in Australia, New Zealand and Canada

Fox, Karen


It is commonplace to assert that egalitarianism has been a cherished value in Australian history, and a founding tenet of Australian society. This article explores one example where the rhetoric of egalitarianism shaped public debate over an official institution, the honours system. Exploring the intersection of the ideal of egalitarianism with contests over honours in Australia, Canada and New Zealand over more than a century, it reveals how different understandings of the concept of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: History Australia


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