Journal article

The enigma of the bogan and its significance to class in Australia: A socio-historical analysis

Henry John Paternoster, Deborah Warr, Keith Jacobs

JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

This analysis offers a historical perspective to chart the contested discourses that inform understandings of the figure of the ‘bogan’, suggesting its evocation reflects unresolved tensions and accumulated meanings left by the various reconfigurations of class politics since colonial settlement in Australia. We focus on three key historical periods to show how socio-political formations influence both classed identities and class relations: the 1890s, when the ethos of the labour movement was established as the central imaginative motif of a nascent Australian nation; the post-war years, when Robert Menzies offered a political project grounded in the experiences of the middle classes; and t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was carried out as part of the ARC Discovery project 'Challenging the stigmatisation of poverty and place-based disadvantage'.