War in the language of peace, and an Australian geo/politics of white possession

Goldie Osuri

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This paper examines how war and peace as a bio/necropolitical regime informs Australian sovereignty. How do war and peace contribute to the Australian government’s attempts to reconfigure the demand for Indigenous rights and redefine Australia’s strategic military and peace-keeping role in a transnational context. Australia’s peacekeeping mission in East Timor, for instance, has become a way of securing Australia’s national interests in terms of ‘keeping peace’ in the Asia Pacific region. What are the implications of such internal and external consolidations of white Australian sovereignty? How may we think through and engage with this sovereignty through the concept of bio/necropolitics of white possession?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalACRAWSA E-journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Copyright 2008 The Author(s). Archived from ACRAWSA e-journal with the permission of The Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Association and the author. Use of this material is permitted for personal, research and non-commercial uses. Further information regarding the copyright applicable to this article can be obtained from The Association http://www.acrawsa.org.au.


  • Australian nationalism
  • race and ethnicity studies
  • theories of war
  • transnational sovereignty


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