White shores of longing: 'Impossible subjects' and the frontiers of citizenship
Author: Perera, Suvendrini
Source: Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Volume 23, Number 5, October 2009 , pp. 647-662(16)
Abstract:This essay begins with an incident that occurred in 2001, the arrival of a group of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka who arrived off the coast of Coral Bay, Western Australia. It follows these castaway figures through a sequence of discursive histories and representational contexts, situating their stories against practices of embodied citizenship at the intersection of law, land (as territorialized geo-body) and nation, in the United Kingdom, Sri Lanka and Australia, the sites of different, but deeply entwined, dramas of citizenship.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Cultural Studies, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western, Australia
Publication date: October 2009