The Invasion Complex: Deep Historical Fears and Wide Open Anxieties

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Publication Article, other scientific
Title The Invasion Complex: Deep Historical Fears and Wide Open Anxieties
Author(s) Papastergiadis, Nikos
Date 2005
Editor(s) Povrzanovic Frykman, Maja
English abstract
Fear of an external invasion has always operated alongside guilt over the foundational occupation of the land in Australia. The popular support for the Prime Minister John Howard’s pre-election stand against the refugees in 2001 and his dogged defensiveness during the indigenous-settler reconciliation process revealed the unease over cultural difference in the national imaginary. The myth of terra nullius and the fantasy of an ‘Asian invasion’ are two constitutive features in Australian nationalism. Combined they have produced a profound anxiety about space and mobility. This essay addresses the rhetorical responses to the ‘invasion’ in order to consider the way fear is used to shape contemporary subjectivity.
Publisher Malmö University, IMER
Host/Issue Willy Brandt Series of Working Papers in International Migration and Ethnic Relations;2/05
ISSN 1650-5743
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) immigration
multiculturalism
nationalism
borders
Australian culture
global fears
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/1861 (link to this page)

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