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Border Security

Shores of Politics, Horizons of Justice, 1st Edition

By Peter Chambers


292 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Peter Chambers lectures in criminology at Deakin University, Melbourne.

About the Series

Space, Materiality and the Normative

Space, Materiality and the Normative presents new ways of thinking about the connections between space and materiality from a normative perspective. The series is concerned with addressing the use, regulation and experience of space and materiality, broadly understood, and in particular with exploring their links and the challenges they raise for law, politics and normativity.

Space, Materiality and the Normative welcomes analyses of space–materiality–normativity links from any institutional setting (financial market spaces, organisational spaces, urban space, legal space, mediated space, architecture, etc.). Proposals can be theoretical, discussing various conceptual strategies to study the use, regulation and experience space and materiality; they can be historical, outlining changes in how spaces are governed; or they can assume a more contemporary-diagnostic approach, investigating, for example, the emergence of post-national architectures or post-capitalist urban spaces. Submissions are welcomed exploring the following themes:

  • The changing politics of space, bodies and objects
  • Embedded normativities of spatial governance and resistance
  • Megacities and the regulatory (and experiential) challenges they give rise to
  • Spatial atmospheres, how they are experiences and governed
  • The links between space and materiality
  • Colonial and postcolonial spaces and materialities

The book series is intended as a critical interdisciplinary series, at the interface of law, social theory, politics, architecture, geography and urban studies.

For further information on the series, or to discuss a possible contribution, please contact the Series Editors at:

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, School of Law, University of Westminster, email: [email protected]

Christian Borch, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, email: [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Emigration & Immigration
LAW / Discrimination
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security