Constructing insecurity: Australian security discourse and policy post-2001

McDonald, Matt (2005) Constructing insecurity: Australian security discourse and policy post-2001. International Relations Journal, 19 3: 297-320. doi:10.1177/0047117805055408

Author McDonald, Matt
Title Constructing insecurity: Australian security discourse and policy post-2001
Journal name International Relations Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0047-1178
Publication date 2005-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0047117805055408
Volume 19
Issue 3
Start page 297
End page 320
Total pages 24
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract This article explores the construction of security in the contemporary Australian context, arguing that the Australian government has represented, and attempted to construct support for, a statist, exclusionary and militaristic conception or discourse of security. This understanding of security is evident in the government’s representation and response to a range of issues since 2001, including asylum-seekers, terrorism and the war in Iraq. In exploring the processes through which the Australian government has elaborated this discourse and sought to create resonance for it in a domestic context, I argue that there remain important bases not simply for contesting this conception of security, but for acknowledging immanent possibilities for the understanding of security in the Australian context to change in normatively progressive ways. Acknowledging these possibilities is important in identifying the potential for progressive change in Australian security policy, while also shedding light on the role of security in the modern political project.
Keyword Asylum-seekers
Australian foreign policy
Australian security policy
Critical Security
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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Created: Wed, 05 Oct 2011, 14:13:01 EST by Mr Matthew Mcdonald on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies