Report: Australian Stereotypical Contradictions

The research process of this report focused on newspaper articles written by Australian and non-Australian journalist showing their perspective on Australian identity. Also the works of major Australian pop culture icons such as Steve Irwin, Crocodile Dundee, Men at Work and Priscilla Queen of the Desert have also been analytically focused upon. The findings of the report show that there are definitely stereotypical contradictions prevalent within not only Australia but also the rest of the world who participate.

These contradictions are shown to have negative and positive implications on Australia’s development of its identity. Introduction Australia is a half grown and culturally diverse country which has difficulties with how to define its national identity. What does it mean to be Australian? Other countries may define us as being a multicultural society that is laid with a very carefree attitude. Those who live in Australia would say it is a multi-layer of people despite culture, religion or sexual preference who live a free and democratic society.

Despite all of these characteristics Australia is still held back when defining its national identity due to the stereotypes lasted all over its national identity most of which are very contradictory etc what is actually reality. In researching this topic many academic sources will be used to prove the contradictions found within the stereotypes and also even prove some of the stereotypes to be correct.

These stereotypes can prove harmful to the development of Australia’s national identity as they give; people from other countries a possible false perception of what Australia is really all about. 2 The Typical Susie 2. 1 The Rugged Bushman Written in the history of Australia is the image of a bushman who is a sources larrikin who tames the landscape (Bryant, 2009). This image has been depicted through the works of Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson and Steele Rude who painted this picture through their works and evidently created a national stereotype of what a regular Australian is like.

Furthermore; in recent times the Australian government is “spending tens of millions of dollars promoting Australia using these various campaigns and on top Of the Australia has got Crocodile Dundee-type films that have done well overseas” (Munroe, 2010). Even more recently in the event of arguably Australia’s most ammos export, Steve Orrin’s funeral where his Ate was loaded up with his crock hunting gear and driven out of the arena his funeral was held in (Bryant 2009).