Australia And The Insular Imagination: Beaches, Borders, Boats, and Bodies by S. PereraAustralia And The Insular Imagination: Beaches, Borders, Boats, and Bodies by S. Perera

Australia And The Insular Imagination: Beaches, Borders, Boats, and Bodies

byS. Perera

Hardcover | November 18, 2009

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Most studies of Australia begin with the "the island-continent." The surrounding oceans are little more than a backdrop for the dramas that occur on dry land. This is the first book to turn its attention to the oceans and coastlines that make and remake the limits of Australia through events such as the arrival of asylum seekers' boats, the Indian Ocean tsunami, the Bali bombings and maritime peacekeeping missions in the Pacific. Against the imperatives of war, security, aid and disaster, various configurations of bodies, boats, borders and beaches testify to the power and the limits of Australia's insular illusion.   

Suvendrini Perera is a senior research fellow at Curtin University of Technology in Australia. Her previous books include Reaches of Empire and the edited collection Our Patch: Enacting Australian Sovereignty Post-2001.
Title:Australia And The Insular Imagination: Beaches, Borders, Boats, and BodiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:228 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:November 18, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230613535

ISBN - 13:9780230613539


Table of Contents

Introduction * Chapter 1: Girt by Sea * Chapter 2 “A Nation Contained Within a Beach” * Chapter 3 Boats, Bodies and Borderscapes * Chapter 4 The Bombing on Kuta Beach * Chapter 5 The Good Neighbor: Tsunami 2004 * Chapter 6 Racial Horizons and Peacekeeping in the Pacific * Chapter 7 Clearing the Waters * Chapter 8 A Very Australian Pogrom

Editorial Reviews

“This is a gentle but intensely provocative book which sets out to map the seascape borders of Australia’s insular imagination. It has the potential to be part of the redefinition of the meaning of Australia as an island-continent.”—Paul James, Director of the Global Cities Institute, RMIT“In Australia and the Insular Imagination, Perera shows in fascinating detail the determining role of the ideology of the insular on the ways in which Australia has been imagined in contemporary political and cultural discourses. This is cultural studies at its best: historically grounded, theoretically sharp, and always alert to nuance and implication.”—Peter Hulme, Professor in Literature, University of Essex “Perera’s book comes as a bolt of lightning to the increasingly stolid, and conservative, world of Australian Studies. Where the conventional approach has been to comment on the ways that the land has been constructed and worked over by colonial settlers, Perera offers a powerful and compelling understanding of the importance of the sea in the Australian imaginary and offers also a basis for critically engaging with recent political practices. While this is a book about Australia, the topics covered, such as race, asylum seekers, (post)coloniality, and identity, are all of importance in other societies descended from the British colonial order—including the United States, Canada, and Britain itself. In common with many of the best cultural studies, and in the strong tradition of Stuart Hall’s work, Australia and the Insular Imagination is a politically engaged book. It is a book that will remain relevant for many years to come.”—Jon Stratton, Professor of Cultural Studies, Curtin University of Technology