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Australia and the Insular Imagination: Beaches, Borders, Boats, and Bodies
Most studies of Australia begin with the "the island-continent." The surrounding oceans are little more than a backdrop for the dramas that occur on dry land. This is the first book to turn its attention to the oceans and coastlines that make and remake the limits of Australia through events such as the arrival of asylum seekers' boats, the Indian Ocean tsunami, the Bali b ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published September 1st 2009)
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I think a lot about the constructed/imposed nature of the borders of nation-states but I'd never really given much thought to the construction of sea borders and the island nation. If I thought about it at all I guess I just took it for granted that the sea forms a kind of natural border -- obviously a border that's rigidly policed and reinforced, but a natural barrier all the same. it never hurts to be reminded that 'commonsense' is deeply ideological. Perera grounds her analysis in a look at I ...more