The embrace of border security: Maritime jurisdiction, national sovereignty, and the geopolitics of operation sovereign borders

Chambers, P 2015, 'The embrace of border security: Maritime jurisdiction, national sovereignty, and the geopolitics of operation sovereign borders', Geopolitics, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 404-437.


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Title The embrace of border security: Maritime jurisdiction, national sovereignty, and the geopolitics of operation sovereign borders
Author(s) Chambers, P
Year 2015
Journal name Geopolitics
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 404
End page 437
Total pages 34
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Border security has become one of the key means by which the sovereignty and security of powerful nation-states is projected. This paper offers a set of observations of the Australian Commonwealth's descriptions and instructions for its embrace of border security. Border security is legible here as a geopolitics that transforms the rights and responsibilities of maritime jurisdictions into a space of security that projects national sovereignty through the interdiction of boat arrivals. Its intensification as Operation Sovereign Borders is read as a further variation within national sovereignty, one that elevates the decisionist prerogative into total deterrence. Operation Sovereign Borders pushes the limits of sovereignty's existence in the state toward a total domination of space, perception and human life in Australia's maritime jurisdictions, in the name of the nation. This necessitates the development, defence and reinforcement of a regionally engaged materiality that is embodied, extended, enacted, and distributed. The intended effect of this coordinated effort is to secure the nation's sovereignty as a unity, but the broader effect has been to devalue offshore life to secure onshore interests, in a way that now necessitates indefinite offshore detention.
Subject Human Geography not elsewhere classified
Political Theory and Political Philosophy
International Relations
Keyword(s) border security
Operation Sovereign Borders
jurisdiction
sovereignty
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14650045.2015.1004399
Copyright notice Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN 1465-0045
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