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Separate and invisible : a carceral history of Australian islands

Nethery, Amy 2012, Separate and invisible : a carceral history of Australian islands, Shima, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 85-98.

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Title Separate and invisible : a carceral history of Australian islands
Author(s) Nethery, Amy
Journal name Shima
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 85
End page 98
Total pages 14
Publisher Southern Cross University
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1834-6057
Keyword(s) Incarceration
Australia
history
Bruny Island
Norfolk Island
Palm Island
Rottnest Island
Summary This article examines the history of four islands used for incarceration in Australia: the ‘secondary punishment’ of convicts on Norfolk Island; the management and quarantine of indigenous people on Palm Island; the quarantine of all new migrants and visitors on Bruny Island; and the incarceration of enemy aliens on Rottnest Island. Incarceration has been used throughout Australia’s history as a method of social and political control, targeting categories of people perceived to pose a threat to the racial composition, social cohesion, or national security of the Australian community. By providing a space both separate and invisible to the community, Australia’s carceral islands served as a solution to a recurring problem for a young nation apprehensive about the composition, durability and security of its community. The human consequences of incarceration could be devastating.
Language eng
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2012
Copyright notice ©2012, Southern Cross University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051113

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