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Australia's New Migrants
International Students’ History of Affective Encounters with the Border

ISBN 9780367208271
Published January 17, 2019 by Routledge
204 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers a comprehensive and critical analysis of the tropes employed in the categorization of international students living and studying in Australia. Establishing the position of migrant students as ’subjects of the border’, the author employs various models of emotion in an analysis of the ways in which public debates on migration and education in Australia have problematised international students as an object of national compassion or resentment in relation to other national concerns at the time, such as the country’s place in the Asia-Pacific region, the integrity of its borders and the relative competitiveness of its economy.

Applying an innovative methodology, which combines the breadth of a diachronic study with the depth afforded by the close analysis of a diverse range of case studies – including the protests staged by Indian international students against a spate of violent attacks, which led to their labelling as ‘soft targets’ in national discourses – Australia’s New Migrants constitutes an important contribution to our understanding of the ways in which emotions shape national collectives’ orientation towards others. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, cultural studies and education with interests in migration, race and emotion.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Where I Come From: Emotions, Race and the Border

1. Becoming ‘Illegal’: Compassion, Multicultural Love and Resentment

2. Failing to Be(come) ‘Ideal’: Multiculturalism, Whiteness and the Politics of Resentment

3. Think Before You Travel: Urban Violence, Risk Management and the Territorialisation of the Australian Public Space

4. ‘Is Australia Racist?’: Interpretive Denial and the Politics of Anger

5. Feeling like an International Student: Racial Grief, Compassion and National Sentimentality

Conclusion: Fantasies of Multiculturalism: Whiteness, Emotions and the Border


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Maria Elena Indelicato is Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at the Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, China.