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
16 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2014
Date Written: 2014
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
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