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Islam in Australia-Indonesia Relations: Fears, Stereotypes and Opportunity

Fealy, Greg

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In a 2016 survey of Australian and Indonesian attitudes to each other's countries, respondents were asked to select which words best described the other country. By far the most frequently chosen word for Australian respondents was 'religious' (68%) . Accompanying focus group discussions established that by 'religious', what was really being referred to was Islam, and overwhelmingly the impression was negative, with many discussants mentioning associations with the Middle East and terrorism...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFealy, Greg
dc.contributor.editorTim Lindset
dc.contributor.editorDave McRae
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-25T01:13:02Z
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-50991-816-4
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/205521
dc.description.abstractIn a 2016 survey of Australian and Indonesian attitudes to each other's countries, respondents were asked to select which words best described the other country. By far the most frequently chosen word for Australian respondents was 'religious' (68%) . Accompanying focus group discussions established that by 'religious', what was really being referred to was Islam, and overwhelmingly the impression was negative, with many discussants mentioning associations with the Middle East and terrorism (Australia-Indonesia Centre and Sweeney 2016) . Another report on historical survey data regarding Australian-Indonesian relations similarly found that, Islam, along with communism, has often generated unfavourable opinions of Indonesia among Australians (Sobocinska 2016) . Australia-Indonesia relations, it is often said, are more defined by differences than by similarities. If this is true (and there are grounds for debating it) , then the greatest difference of all between the two countries is that of religion.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherHart Publishing
dc.relation.ispartofStrangers Next Door? Indonesia and Australia in the Asian Century
dc.relation.isversionof1 Edition
dc.rights© editors and contributors severally 2018
dc.source.urihttps://www.bloomsburycollections.com/book/strangers-next-door-indonesia-and-australia-in-the-asian-century/
dc.titleIslam in Australia-Indonesia Relations: Fears, Stereotypes and Opportunity
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor160601 - Australian Government and Politics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5412248xPUB90
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.bloomsburycollections.com/book
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationFealy, Gregory, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage149
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage167
local.identifier.doi10.5040/9781509918195.ch-009
local.identifier.absseo940399 - International Relations not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2020-12-13T07:30:21Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationOregon
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