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New Model Diggers: Australian Identity, Motivation, and Cohesion in Afghanistan

Pratten, Garth


The figure of the ‘digger’—the nickname originally given to Australian soldiers in the First World War—is a potent symbol in Australian society. The supposed values of those first diggers—courage, endurance, mateship, irreverence, and a disdain for authority—not only underpin commemoration of Australian wartime experience but are also advanced as a pillar of national identity. The historical diggers, however, were citizen soldiers, and traditions originating with them occupied a problematic...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Frontline: Combat and Cohesion in the Twenty-First Century
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719663.003.0008


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