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RAGS AND RICHES Identity is a very important part of being Australian it is a feeling of being associated with a national group defined by a common heritage which may be based on many attributes including race language territory and history The article Rags and Riches written by Phil Brown addresses these issues of Australian identity Both past and present views of popular culture are reinforced by a range of texts to construct a sense of national ideology This text challenges traditional concepts of nationhood by constructing a powerful representation of a very materialistic and aristocratic Australian culture This essay will explore this in relation to the discourses of race class and consumerism The discourse of class focuses on Australias culture and foregrounds a very wealthy and highly successful society however aspects of the working and lower class are silenced The article focuses on Rafaat Imam as an example of a successful business man It constructs Australian males as a species of more sophisticated tastes This is suggesting that safari suits and long socks that were once considered the Australian image has changed to ritzy labels like Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace which the average working class Australian could not afford It is also an intertextual reference to Hollywood where labels equals beauty and success The author interviewed Rafaat Imam over lunch at Tattersalls Club This club is a male only club where only the highly rich and highly successful dine The text focuses on Imams successful business which has earned him respect in Australia and internationally Though Imam is highly successful and respected he started off as an Aussie battler and required mateship to succeed It can be seen that the traditional ideas of the Aussie battler and mateship have changed to a modern and refined term In his interview he stated everyone loved a battle and wanted to support two young men who were trying to make it The class discourse
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