Society has been defended: Following the shifting shape of state through Australia's Christmas Island

Chambers, P 2011, 'Society has been defended: Following the shifting shape of state through Australia's Christmas Island', International Political Sociology, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 18-34.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Society has been defended: Following the shifting shape of state through Australia's Christmas Island
Author(s) Chambers, P
Year 2011
Journal name International Political Sociology
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Start page 18
End page 34
Total pages 17
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract The interdiction and detention of irregular arrivals has become one of the key means by which wealthy states enforce and promote secure mobility. This article presents a detailed genealogy of the problems and solutions that enabled Australia's Christmas Island to become an integral site for the reproduction of Australian society through practices of border protection. A close examination of Christmas Island reveals broader, deeper currents that follow the shifting shapes of state internationally, and the dreams and ruins such transformations produce in their wake.
Subject Sociology not elsewhere classified
Social Theory
Political Theory and Political Philosophy
DOI - identifier 10.1111/j.1749-5687.2011.00118.x
Copyright notice © 2011 International Studies Association.
ISSN 1749-5679
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