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Introduction: Heterochronotopes of exception and the frontiers and faultlines of citizenship

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The five interlinked essays in this issue of Continuum consider questions of the (re)production of borders - biopolitical, spatial, legal, historical, symbolic - intended to contain and exclude asylum seekers. The essays situate these modalities and technologies of exclusion in the context of broader questions of nationalism, citizenship, biopolitics, neoliberalism and the transnational genealogies of colonialism and racism. They make the collective argument that the issue of border security is not the preoccupation of a single political party or government but serves to magnetize a cluster of concerns and issues that are central to contemporary formations of citizenship, identity, territoriality and statehood in the West.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Cultural Studies, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia

Publication date: October 1, 2009

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