'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
Reclaiming Patriotism explores the intertwining concepts of patriotism and Australian national identity. It challenges Australian progressives to speak a new language of nation building politics. Grounded in political philosophy but accessibly written, it has implications on contemporary debates about national history, Aboriginal reconciliation, multiculturalism, climate change and a republic.