Author(s): Tim Soutphommasane
Affronted by the xenophobic nationalists who stalked the land during the Howard years, many progressive Australians have rejected a love of country, forgetting that there is a patriotism of the liberal left that at different times has advanced liberty, egalitarianism, and democratic citizenship. Tim Soutphommasane, a first-generation Australian and political philosopher who has journeyed from Sydney's western suburbs to Oxford University, re-imagines patriotism as a generous sentiment of democratic renewal and national belonging. In accessible prose, he explains why our political leaders will need to draw upon the better angels of patriotism if they hope to inspire citizens for nation-building, and indeed persuade them to make sacrifices in the hard times ahead. As we debate the twenty-first century challenges of reconciliation and a republic, citizenship and climate change, Reclaiming Patriotism proposes a narrative we have to have.
'The progressives have been the ones asking the interesting questions of Australian identity: our relationship with Asia, how to make reconciliation work, how to balance enterprise with fairness and the case for saving Australia's battered degraded environment. So it's fitting that Tim Soutphommasane makes the case for progressive politics in defining Australian patriotism. When right-wingers claim the national story as their own - white picket fences, Don Bradman, Gallipoli - we need books like this to remind us that Australian citizenship belongs to all of us.' Bob Carr
Tim Soutphommasane is a Doctoral Researcher in Political Theory, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The dog whistle excuse; 2. Liberal patriotism and an Australian tradition; 3. Citizenship and multiculturalism; 4. Australian progressives and nation-building; 5. Republican renewal; 6. Reclaiming patriotism; Notes; Index.