White hospitality

a critique of political responsibility in the context of Australia's anti-asylum seeker laws

Elaine Kelly

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Abstract

This paper draws on Jacques Derrida's deconstruction of 'hospitality' in order to offer a critical perspective of Australia's most recent responses to asylum seekers. In doing so, I challenge dominant constructions of 'home' and 'responsibility', as they are aligned with discourses of 'national security'. This is done in conjunction with a whiteness studies approach to Australian national identity and politics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-469
Number of pages13
JournalContinuum
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • Derrida
  • hospitality
  • whiteness
  • refugees
  • home
  • Australia
  • national identity

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