1st Edition

Border Security Shores of Politics, Horizons of Justice

By Peter Chambers Copyright 2018
    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    What kind of a world is one in which border security is understood as necessary? How is this transforming the shores of politics? And why does this seem to preclude a horizon of political justice for those affected? Border Security responds to these questions through an interdisciplinary exploration of border security, politics and justice. Drawing empirically on the now notorious case of Australia, the book pursues a range of theoretical perspectives – including Foucault’s work on power, the systems theory of Niklas Luhmann and the cybernetic ethics of Heinz Von Foerster – in order to formulate an account of the thoroughly constructed and political nature of border security. Through this detailed and critical engagement, the book’s analysis elicits a political alternative to border security from within its own logic: thus signaling at least the beginnings of a way out of the cost, cruelty and devaluation of life that characterises the enforced reality of the world of border security.

    Introducing border security’s world

    PART I - The emergence of border security in Australia

    1 Girt by sea: transformations of sovereignty and border security

    2 "We will decide who comes here": sending the message of border security

    PART II - Border security’s international lineages and global alignments

    3 You will never see the shores of Australia: offshore’s form, offshoring detention for border security

    4 Ships in the night: border security in the normative order of global logistics

    PART III - Beyond border security’s shores and horizons

    5 Boundless planes to share: border security and the living heart of the global city

    Conclusion: resistance against border security’s world, horizons of justice beyond it

    Book and journal bibliography

    Newspapers, websites and online sources bibliography


    Peter Chambers lectures in criminology at Deakin University, Melbourne.