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The embrace of border security: maritime jurisdiction, national sovereignty, and the geopolitics of operation sovereign borders

Chambers, Peter 2015, The embrace of border security: maritime jurisdiction, national sovereignty, and the geopolitics of operation sovereign borders, Geopolitics, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 404-437, doi: 10.1080/14650045.2015.1004399.

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Title The embrace of border security: maritime jurisdiction, national sovereignty, and the geopolitics of operation sovereign borders
Author(s) Chambers, Peter
Journal name Geopolitics
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 404
End page 437
Total pages 34
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1465-0045
1557-3028
Summary Border security has become one of the key means by which the sovereignty and security of powerful nation-states is projected. This paper offers a set of observations of the Australian Commonwealth’s descriptions and instructions for its embrace of border security. Border security is legible here as a geopolitics that transforms the rights and responsibilities of maritime jurisdictions into a space of security that projects national sovereignty through the interdiction of boat arrivals. Its intensification as Operation Sovereign Borders is read as a further variation within national sovereignty, one that elevates the decisionist prerogative into total deterrence. Operation Sovereign Borders pushes the limits of sovereignty’s existence in the state toward a total domination of space, perception and human life in Australia’s maritime jurisdictions, in the name of the nation. This necessitates the development, defence and reinforcement of a regionally engaged materiality that is embodied, extended, enacted, and distributed. The intended effect of this coordinated effort is to secure the nation’s sovereignty as a unity, but the broader effect has been to devalue offshore life to secure onshore interests, in a way that now necessitates indefinite offshore detention.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14650045.2015.1004399
Field of Research 1604 Human Geography
1606 Political Science
1801 Law
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
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