Constructing Voluntarism: Technologies of ‘Intent Management’ in Australian Border Controls

In Schwenken, H and Russ, S (eds) New Border and Citizenship Politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (2014) Reproduced with permission from Palgrave Macmillan

Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship Research Paper No. 2523818

16 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2014

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Leanne Weber

Monash University

Sharon Pickering

University of Oxford - Border Criminologies; Monash University - Faculty of Arts

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Australia has attracted a dubious international reputation over the last decade for its harsh policies towards asylum seekers and has been a world leader in border externalization practices aimed at preventing their arrival. At the same time, Australian governments have historically shown a preparedness to use their internal enforcement powers to expel non-citizens who commit criminal offences or violate their strict visa conditions. This chapter identifies developments in the bio-politics of border control - described in official documents as ‘intent management’ - which indicate a partial shift from the open deployment of coercive power towards a neo-liberal responsibilisation agenda in which state authority operates through a veneer of individual choice. However, in contrast to the responsibilised citizenry proposed by Garland (1997) as reflecting a new technology of crime control, the aim is to create responsibilised non-citizens who will align their thoughts and behaviour with the border management goals of the Australian state and cooperate in their own exclusion.

Keywords: Border control, responsibilisation, intent management

Suggested Citation

Weber, Leanne and Pickering, Sharon, Constructing Voluntarism: Technologies of ‘Intent Management’ in Australian Border Controls (2014). In Schwenken, H and Russ, S (eds) New Border and Citizenship Politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (2014) Reproduced with permission from Palgrave Macmillan; Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship Research Paper No. 2523818. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2523818

Leanne Weber (Contact Author)

Monash University ( email )

Melbourne
Australia

Sharon Pickering

University of Oxford - Border Criminologies ( email )

Manor Road Building
Manor Rd
Oxford, OX1 3UQ
United Kingdom

Monash University - Faculty of Arts ( email )

Clayton Victoria, 3800
Australia

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