Date of this Version

January 2006

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Green, Alison and Power, Mary. (2006) Defining transnationalism boundaries: New Zealand migrants in Australia. Australian Journal of Communication, v.33, no.1, pp.35-52

Reproduced with the kind permission of Australian Journal of Communication.
©The School of English, Media Studies, & Art History, The University of Queensland, 2006. All rights reserved.

2006 HERDC submission

Abstract

Strong connecting threads link the lives and cultures of Australians and New Zealanders thought their shared history, expressed in such terms as ANZAC, 'Australasian', and 'Antipodean', their relative isolation from other Western cultures; and ease of trans-Tasman travel. Nonetheless, many New Zealanders living in Australia, even though becoming "Australianised', demonstrate an enduring allegiance to New Zealand. Concepts of national identity, transnational identity, and personal identity explain how people standing at the boundaries of their culture make sense of, and accommodate, new influences. Through analysis of data from interviews and surveys with New Zealanders living in Australia, this paper examines the construction of a new transnational identity that migrants compare with their previous national identity.

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