Nationalism: The Cronulla Riots

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When we think of nationalism we often associate a sense of identity with stare and nation, for some the idea of there identity being connected to their nation is a positive notion, but for others this association to nation raises worry of alienation and violence.1 Nationalism can be seen as a network where individuals of a nation can have shared values, expectations and sense of self. These negative associations of nationalism “occurs when, in the process of seeing ourselves as uniquely Australian others suffer.”2 An example of this would be the Cronulla riots where violence was inflicted upon those people that Australians born residence did not deem then worthy of being identified as Australian due to their ethnic background and the colour

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